Amazon is reportedly planning to launch its first smartphone this summer. Now the folks at BGR have posted a few photos of what may be a prototype of Amazon’s phone.

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.

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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.

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2 replies on “Is this Amazon’s smartphone (prototype)?”

  1. I’m interested. Maybe in a few years I’d consider getting one. Right now, based on my Kindle Fire, I wouldn’t get an Amazon smartphone in the near future.

    Also, 3D (and related: VR) isn’t at a good enough level to be an exciting feature me. I make sure to not buy tickets for 3D movies at theatres unless the movie is only available in 3D and I really want to watch it despite having a reduced experience due to the 3D feature. I also skip on 3D TVs.

    1. I agree, maybe they’ll surprise us all and come out with an enjoyable 3D experience, but I highly doubt it. Even with how much better modern 3D is compared to the old blue/red stuff, I still pass on it any time it’s possible, only under rare circumstances will I watch content in 3D.

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