Amazon’s been working on a smartphone in secret, and the company’s expected to unveil it sometime this year. But just because Amazon hasn’t announced the phone yet doesn’t mean we haven’t already got a good idea of what features it will have and how it will stand out in a crowded smartphone market.

Now the folks at BGR have also obtained a picture showing what the upcoming Amazon smartphone will look like.

amazon smartphone

If the picture is accurate, the phone could borrow a bit of its design style from Apple’s iPhone with a single button below the screen and a speaker grill at the top, along with a box-like design featuring flat sides and rounded corners.

Overall, the phone looks rather nice… but that’s hardly enough to set it apart. What may be are the unusual features Amazon is reportedly planning on packing into the phone, including:

  • 3D user interface that adjusts according to your eye movements (which are tracked with a series of sensors or cameras on the front of the phone)
  • Navigation that relies on tilting gestures as well as touchscreen input so that the phone is easier to use in one hand than other large smartphones
  • Amazon Prime Data partnership with AT&T and possibly other carriers which could involve some “free” mobile data for accessing Amazon services or other internet content

Like Amazon’s other hardware including the Kindle Fire tablets, Kindle eReaders, and Fire TV, it’s likely Amazon doesn’t expect to make a lot of money by selling the device itself. Instead the Amazon smartphone will likely run a version of Amazon’s Fire OS Android-based software and feature tight integration with Amazon’s music, eBook, video, and app stores, among other things. It’s likely the phone will appeal to existing Amazon customers and give them even more reasons to buy content from Amazon.

According to BGR, the phone is expected to have a 4.7 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It could be officially unveiled by June.

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7 replies on “This could be Amazon’s first smartphone (pictures)”

  1. Shouldn’t it have a better screen than that if they want people to do any sort of reading on this device? Maybe it is intended for something completely different.

    1. I’m 97% certain that’s a roll of no dice for you then. Amazon doesn’t include removable storage on its Fire tablets. Not sure why it would decide to take a different approach for smartphones.

      Like Google, Amazon has its own cloud storage, music streaming, and other services and would probably rather push customers to use them.

        1. Why? There are lots of Android devices with memory and SD options for people to choose from. This is Amazon’s business model, and if this is what they need to do in order to deliver low cost to their customers then it is what they need to do.

          1. Can you actually verify that is what they need to do, or is it really just easy money?

      1. Totally agree with you on this. I can’t see Amazon giving a lot of internal storage one way or the other — they want to ensure minimal piracy and drive users to stream everything from Amazon’s services.

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