Amazon '3D' smartphone confirmed by "multiple trusted sources" - report

Amazon ‘3D’ smartphone confirmed by “multiple trusted sources” – report

15 APR 2014

Speaking to “multiple trusted sources”, BGR said it could confirm that Amazon was working on a smartphone with ‘3D’ functionality as reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)

Sources added that the new Amazon phone would include a total of six cameras to create the ‘3D’ imaging effect.

Other details are a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM, along with a “heavily customised” version of Android (similar to the version that powers Amazon’s tablets).

BGR sources added that the display of Amazon’s debut phone would measure 4.7 inches diagonally and offer a pixel density at 720p HD resolution (lower than the 1080p HD resolution on many rival devices).

It is believed Amazon is working on at least two handsets (the second featuring lower-end specs than the first, which will be launched later).

According to the WSJ report, citing people ‘briefed on the company’s plans’, Amazon was gearing up for a smartphone launch in the second half of 2014.

WSJ said the giant online retailer had been demonstrating versions of the handset to developers in recent weeks, which includes a screen capable of displaying seemingly 3D images – using retina-tracking technology – without the need for special glasses.

The technology, which can manipulate text and images as the phone is moved by the viewer, is described as ideal for gaming.

Amazon has apparently lined up two display makers for the smartphone, although only one is named in the WSJ report – Japan Display.

This is not the first time that Amazon has been reported to be working on a smartphone.

In October, according to the Financial Times, the online retailer was said to be in partnership with troubled vendor HTC.

According to the report, three devices were in development, of which one was at an “advanced stage”. However, it was cautioned that the timeline for launch had changed before and that there may not be a commercial release at all.


Ken Wieland

Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight...More

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