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June 19, 2014

The Amazon Fire SmartPhone details released plus video

Amazon_Fire_MainAmazon official unveiling of the Fire smartphone. The event was  held live this morning in Seattle,WA, June 18th. The most notable thing to consider is that the smartphone from Amazon houses three dimensional technology, which we’ve never seen before. So here’s what we all have to look forward to with the device.

First off, it’s a 4.7-inch LCD IPS HD display protected by Gorilla Glass 3, and a rubberized frame with injection molded steel connectors. According to Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, this ensures a tight and precise fit and beautiful trim rings, as the Fire Phone was designed with one handed use in mind. The screen also has an industry leading ultra-bright display with 590 nits, providing dynamic contrast and a circular polarizer. The screen is just the tip of the iceberg though. The Amazon Fire Phone(we all knew it couldn’t be called anything else) is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, with an Adreno 330 GPU for all the graphics processing needs and 2GB of RAM. So when it comes to power and performance, the Fire phone isn’t skimping on anything. It isn’t leading the pack, but it certainly isn’t bringing up the rear either.

When it comes to the camera, the Fire phone is working with a 13MP rear facing camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture five element lens, and has optical image stabilization, so we should be looking at a pretty decent photo capability and there’s a dedicated camera button to launch the camera app for fast and easy picture taking. The Fire phone also carries dual stereo speakers powered by Dolby Digital for stereo audio in landscape and virtual surround sound. Will it put out better audio than the HTC M8 with BoomSound? Time will tell. When it comes to photo storage on the Amazon Fire Phone, images are stored directly in the Amazon Cloud and users will have unlimited storage for photos, which may or may not turn some people off, but it will if anything ensure that everything is neatly and safely backed up. As for actual onboard storage, so far there hasn’t been any mention of it so we can presume that storage is around 8GB at least.

Amazon also announce a new service called Firefly.
It’s the ultimate item recognition app. You point your camera to anything that intrigues you and it gives back meaningful information about it. Amazon Firefly has a dedicated hardware button on the side of Amazon’s new Fire phone.

Firefly would almost instantly recognize anything you point the camera to. Stuff such as labels, adverts, ordinary text, phone numbers, email addresses, products, the currently playing music or TV show and fine art. The whole processing and matching against the various databases is done in the Amazon cloud and not on the phone itself.

No word as to when it will be released in the UK or Europe or price

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini