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June 5, 2014

Amazon to launch 3D Smartphone this June 18

Amazon smartphone-MainAmazon will launch its first smartphone on June 18. The device will have a unique 3D effects, thanks to its ability to deliver them courtesy of four front-mounted IR cameras. What wasn’t known is how Amazon planned to scan our faces to handle the UI elements.

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We has learned that Amazon is using Omron’s Okao Vision face sensing technology to track the user’s head. The Japanese firm’s technology was modified by an internal team at Amazon to allow its upcoming phone to deliver unique stereoscopic effects from a standard LCD screen.

The phone runs Amazon’s FireOS, a derivative of Android OS. It will come with several built-in apps that use these extreme 3D parallax effects. The company has been courting developers for sometime according to previous reports over at WSJ.

The phone specs although not confirmed are reported to be:

  • 720p 4.7-inch screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 2GB of RAM.

There will be six cameras on the device — four dedicated for the head tracking along with a front-facing camera and a rear-facing 13MP camera.

The phone’s price, name and release date is currently unknown although Amazon is likely to reveal all that and more at its June 18th launch event.

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Dave Thornton

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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