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A series of snapshots hit the web Tuesday showing what is alleged to be a prototype of Amazon's upcoming first-party smartphone, with a 4.7-inch display and 6 cameras that are said to power a unique three-dimensional user interface.




Though the handset is shrouded in what seems to be a cover designed to obscure its industrial design, it does appear to feature an iPhone-like layout with three buttons on the side and a headphone jack on the bottom. The shots were first published by BGR.

Most notable are the cameras placed in each corner of the handset's front face. The publication says that the low-resolution infrared cameras are used to drive a unique user interface that will allow users to manipulate onscreen objects, including icons and wallpaper, in three-dimensional space.

Amazon is said to be working with third-party developers to enable popular applications to take advantage of the 3D features prior to the phone's release.




The device also sports a removable tray on the side which looks much like the SIM tray in Apple's iPhone, though it is possible that the slot could be used for removable storage in the form of microSD cards. Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor will power the handset and drive its 1280-pixel-by-720-pixel display, with the operating system and applications gaining access to 2 gigabytes of RAM.

There is no word on when the handset will hit shelves, nor what it will cost when it does. Amazon is also reportedly working on a followup device with lower specifications and a "very competitive" retail price.
post #2 of 48
Nice hardware Mr. Borg.
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AHAHAHAHAHAHAH LOOK AT THOSE SEAMS. LOOK AT THAT PLASTIC.

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post #4 of 48
Looks ugly already
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I wonder how much you have to pay for the ad free version of the phone? 

post #6 of 48
The Verge says 5 cameras, not 6.

Also, if their phone does indeed have this many cameras it will be for eye tracking so they can more accurately determine what you are looking at on their site so they can serve up more of what you're interested in. Deviously clever, really. Could blow away all other advertising methods, despite unprecedented levels of intrusiveness.

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post #7 of 48
The 3D effect is neat on the Nintendo 3DS but I can't imagine that being a viable feature on a smartphone.

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The 3D effect is near on the Nintendo 3DS but I can't imagine that being a viable feature on a smartphone.

I don't think the cameras are there for 3-D.

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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post
The 3D effect is near on the Nintendo 3DS but I can't imagine that being a viable feature on a smartphone.

 

Remember, these are completely different effects. The Nintendo 3DS’ 3D is handled by the LCD directly. This monstrosity will be recording your face the entire time you use it in a mockery of better, less complex technology.

 

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I don't think the cameras are there for 3-D.
 

Everything about the device has told us they are. Why on Earth would they need six cameras if not to pretend it’s about 3D in an excuse to record users?

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I don't think the cameras are there for 3-D.

I was talking about the UI.

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The Verge says 5 cameras, not 6.

Also, if their phone does indeed have this many cameras it will be for eye tracking so they can more accurately determine what you are looking at on their site so they can serve up more of what you're interested in. Deviously clever, really. Could blow away all other advertising methods, despite unprecedented levels of intrusiveness.

What's the battery life if these cameras are always on?
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What's the battery life if these cameras are always on?

This is the first question I wanted to ask!

post #13 of 48
3D on smartphones is the future. Maybe 2021, and mainly for games?

Not the 2014 future, though.

It's odd, because Amazon's hardware has been pretty no-nonsense, I feel. Throwing in some wacky thing that sounds good to 12-year old sci-fi fans but doesn't work well or support many apps? Sounds more like Samsung.

If it's supported JUST by one Amazon shopping app, say, and is marketed as such without pretend to do more than that, I can see this might work out (it the effect is truly good). Then anything else that supports the feature would be just icing on the cake. Undersell. Bill it as a minor feature so it doesn't disappoint.
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AHAHAHAHAHAHAH LOOK AT THOSE SEAMS. LOOK AT THAT PLASTIC.
It's a case, as alluded to in the text of the article. Look how recessed the headphone jack is; obviously a case.
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post #15 of 48
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The Verge says 5 cameras, not 6.

Also, if their phone does indeed have this many cameras it will be for eye tracking so they can more accurately determine what you are looking at on their site so they can serve up more of what you're interested in. Deviously clever, really. Could blow away all other advertising methods, despite unprecedented levels of intrusiveness.

 

You can see 5 on the front. The assumption is that there is still one on the back.

post #16 of 48
This is not a competitor to anything mobile. This looks like a cheap hard drive enclosure.
post #17 of 48
WOW! Looks like a giant piece of (plastic) crap!
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AHAHAHAHAHAHAH LOOK AT THOSE SEAMS. LOOK AT THAT PLASTIC.

And those buttons. Frankenstein was put together nicer than that.
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post #19 of 48
I like the design, somewhat.
I SO wish to Christ above that Apple'd get of the "glass & ultraslippery aluminum backing" schnide.
I like a tough, durable multicolored plastic body.
post #20 of 48
The speaker grill (if that's what it is) looks like what's on the iPhone.
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It's a case, as alluded to in the text of the article. Look how recessed the headphone jack is; obviously a case.

Who shows a phone with a case on it. Even a cheap case doesn't have a crevice for a seam.
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post #22 of 48
Interesting. Be interested to see how the cameras all work. Most likely another loss-leader & portal for content consumption sold by Amazon ala the Fire.
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Originally Posted by Crowley View Post
It's a case, as alluded to in the text of the article. Look how recessed the headphone jack is; obviously a case.

 

Indeed, I was wrong. Thing is, triangle screws aren’t difficult to get through. Take the case off and show us!

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Who shows a phone with a case on it. Even a cheap case doesn't have a crevice for a seam.
Most likely it's a prototype case either that or it's a case designed to shield away it's true intent to casual eyes much like what Apple and others do when testing phones outside their respective campus's.
post #25 of 48
u don't need 4 cameras for eye tracking, gesture tracking, or showing 3d on the screen.

possibly they are going to use it as a 3d scanning tech?
post #26 of 48
Why is AI referring to this as an iPhone competitor? Seems to me this phone will compete with other low cost options like some of the Nokia Lumia's and Moto X/G.
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Also, if their phone does indeed have this many cameras it will be for eye tracking so they can more accurately determine what you are looking at on their site so they can serve up more of what you're interested in. Deviously clever, really. Could blow away all other advertising methods, despite unprecedented levels of intrusiveness.

 

Don't worry, the phone to be sold by the evil empire (google) will feature mind-reading.  Won't that be "special"!

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Isn't every phone not an iPhone an iPhone competitor?

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Why is AI referring to this as an iPhone competitor? Seems to me this phone will compete with other low cost options like some of the Nokia Lumia's and Moto X/G.
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Also, if their phone does indeed have this many cameras it will be for eye tracking so they can more accurately determine what you are looking at

 

Its the boobies.

 

Ok amazon, pony up your R&D budget

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post #30 of 48

All those camera and 3D features will be used to better enhance sexting pictures...

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Don't worry, the phone to be sold by the evil empire (google) will feature mind-reading.  Won't that be "special"!

no the mind reading phone is being produced by MS. didn't you see their announcement about being able to predict what you want to do before you know yourself.

post #32 of 48
Keep in mind the hardware shown above deliberately includes an ugly outer casing that conceals the real phone within %u2013 as the article notes if you read it.
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Everything about the device has told us they are. Why on Earth would they need six cameras if not to pretend it’s about 3D in an excuse to record users?

 

There's no real proof this is the real phone anyway, so I have to reserve judgment somewhat... however, it would make more sense as a method for Amazon to derive marketing information than as some kind of a bizarre 3-D interface. Just my 4 cents (increased due to the effects of inflation). :)

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The 3D effect is neat on the Nintendo 3DS but I can't imagine that being a viable feature on a smartphone.

 

The HTC Evo 3D used an autostereoscopic display and 3D camera and certailny wasn't a smartphone in high demand.  Like the 3DS I think the 3D gimmick wears off and then people just use the device without 3D to save on battery life.

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Why is AI referring to this as an iPhone competitor? Seems to me this phone will compete with other low cost options like some of the Nokia Lumia's and Moto X/G.
Because "iPhone Competitor" gets the clicks? Especially on an Apple-oriented website.

I agree, it's as much a Galaxy S5 competitor as an iPhone competitor, or more likely a low cost competitor.

And, if it's like the Kindle Fire HD, it's not going to be much use outside markets where Amazon Prime is available. Which means I'm unlikely to want one.
post #36 of 48

It's in a case to cover it from prying eyes and photographers.

6 cameras, 4 for the 3D, 1 front facing standard camera and 1 rear facing standard camera.

post #37 of 48

It sounds a little out there, but that's what prototypes are for.  Interested to see what it adds to the market.

 

I'll hold off on 'its great' or 'it totally sucks' based on whom it is made by, and wait until I see what it actually does.  Being offered by Amazon does give it a 'slight negative' right out of the crate, but if it does something unique (and good) it could easily overcome that.

 

I think Amazon is great when I go to them because I want product fast, I don't like them so much when they come to me.

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Because "iPhone Competitor" gets the clicks? Especially on an Apple-oriented website.

I agree, it's as much a Galaxy S5 competitor as an iPhone competitor, or more likely a low cost competitor.

And, if it's like the Kindle Fire HD, it's not going to be much use outside markets where Amazon Prime is available. Which means I'm unlikely to want one.

 

If it has the effect of kneecapping Samsung, it'll be worth it.

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AHAHAHAHAHAHAH LOOK AT THOSE SEAMS. LOOK AT THAT PLASTIC.

It's a prototype. Unless it has fake housing over actual one.

I mean, I agree with you - as it is, it's quite horrid. Which is exactly why I don't believe Amazon could even consider releasing it in this form. Heck, even North Korea would not release it in that form.
post #40 of 48
So...did someone leave this phone in a bar?

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