After months of speculation, Amazon has officially unveiled its very first smartphone today (June 18th) at an event in Seattle, Washington. As previously rumored, the device comes with a 3D display.
The official announcement comes after Amazon had recently released a video teasing the device earlier in this month. The video showed customers reacting to how the phone display “moved with them”. View the teaser here.
As far as specs go, the Fire Phone comes with a 3D 4.7in IPS HD display, quad-core 2.2GHz processor, Adreno 330 graphics, 2GM of RAM and a 13MP back camera. The phone offers Amazon cloud integration with Unlimited photo storage on its Amazon cloud drive platform. It also comes with a tangle-free, magnetic pair of headphones.
On the software side, it features a host of new features – including a new 3D map app. The Fire Phone features Amazon’s Mayday feature, which is Mayday is a live support solution that will let a Amazon tech support representative solve problems on your phone.
The Fire Phone comes with a new app called FireFly. Firefly is like a visual recognition program that can decode images and “scrape” relevant information. It can also scan and identify music and TV shows via sound. Amazon says that it can recognize over 100 million items and has a dedicated button on the Fire Phone.
For example, FireFly can be used to take an image of a phone number on a moving vehicle. It will automatically scan the number from the image and allow you to make a phone call. FireFly also recognizes art, music and movies/tv (via sound) and will bring up relevant information from Wikipedia, IMDb
Amazon’s Fire Phone will be priced at $199 for the 32GB version and $299 for the 64GB version on AT&T (with a two year contract). The pricing range puts it on the same playing field with Android and Apple flagship smartphones.
This post will be updated as we get more details. Check back later for more!