The most noticeable difference between this phone and other touchscreen smartphones are the little circles above and below the display. The Amazon phone is said to have 3D visual effects, and these little circles are apparently cameras or sensors which can track your eye movements to help display 3D graphics on a two-dimensional display.
BGR’s photos don’t really give us a good idea of what the finished phone will look like, since there’s a thick plastic shell covering the actual body of the phone. But you can get a look at the cameras/sensors, as well as a series of buttons along the sides of the device for volume, power, and other core functions.
The phone is expected to feature a custom version of Google Android, similar to the software that runs on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. It’ll reportedly be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and feature 2GB of RAM, and according to BGR the handset will have a 4.7 inch display, making it a bit smaller than the latest flagship phones from Samsung, HTC, LG, and others.
In addition to 4 motion-tracking cameras in the corners of the device, the phone will have a 13MP rear camera and a front-facing camera for video chats. The
Amazon is hoping the 3D effects help set the phone apart from the competition. 3D features will apply to wallpapers, app icons, and other elements of the user interface, and Amazon is working to get 3rd party developers to create apps and games that provide 3D visuals as well.
Ultimately the folks most likely to be attracted to an Amazon smartphone though, are people who are already tied to the Amazon ecosystem. If you use a Kindle to purchase eBooks, a Kindle Fire to play games, and a Fire TV to watch videos then Amazon’s upcoming smartphone will likely give you a way to access your apps, games, media, and other content on a pocket-sized device.
You can find more photos and other details at BGR. Amazon is expected to officially unveil its phone by the end of June and begin shipping it by September.