After weeks of speculation, Amazon have officially announced their first smartphone, the Amazon Fire Phone.
The Fire Phone has been named similar to their Kindle Fire range of tablets.
The phone’s frame is rubberized, and has a glass back, and the buttons are made of anodized aluminum. The phone sports a 4.7″ HD LCD Gorilla Glass Display ( 720P ), and runs on a 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. It has an Adreno 330 on board for the graphics, and 2 GB of RAM. The Fire Phone will come in 32 GB and 64 GB variants, and has unlimited free cloud storage for all Amazon content, and photos.
The Fire Phone features Dynamic Perspective Experience, which makes use of the four cameras & infrared LEDs on the front, to enable gestures such as Tilt, auto-scroll, swivel, and peek to navigate menus and access shortcuts, for using the phone with one hand.
Another new feature in the Fire Phone is the Firefly Technology, which uses image, text and audio recognition to identify web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, movies, TV episodes, songs, and products.
|Operating System||Fire OS 3.5.0|
|Display||4.7" HD LCD display, with 1280 x 720 resolution at 315 ppi, 590 cd/m2 brightness (typical), 1000:1 contrast ratio (typical)|
|Processor||2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU|
|Storage||32 GB or 64 GB, Free cloud storage for all Amazon content, and photos taken with Fire phone|
|Cameras|| 13 MP rear-facing camera, multi-frame HDR, auto focus, optical image stabilization, f/2.0 5-element wide aperture lens, LED flash
2.1 MP front-facing camera. 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
|Connectivity||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), Quad-band GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 9 bands of LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, up to 300 Mbps with channel bonding; Bluetooth 3.0 wireless technology; NFC enabled|
|Audio||Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio processing|
|Dimensions||139.2 x 66.5 x 8.9 mm|
It also comes with a slew of Amazon services such as:
- Mayday is now available over 3G and 4G, in addition to Wi-Fi—simply hit the Mayday button in quick actions and an Amazon expert will appear via live video to co-pilot you through any feature on the device. Amazon experts are able to draw on the screen, talk you through how to do a task, or do it for you—whatever works best. Mayday is available 24×7, 365 days a year, and it’s free. Amazon’s response time goal for Mayday is 15 seconds or less—since launch, the average response time has been 9.75 seconds.
- ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) predicts which movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and prepares them for instant playback before you even hit play.
- X-Ray helps you get more from books, music, movies, and TV shows. Explore the bones of a book, including characters, ideas and background with a single tap on the screen; bring the power of IMDb right to Fire for trivia on movies and TV shows; plus, with X-Ray for Music, see synchronized lyrics display while you listen to your favorite song.
- Second Screen lets you fling TV shows and movies from Fire phone to your Fire TV, PlayStation or any other Miracast-enabled device. Second Screen turns your TV into the primary screen and frees up Fire phone to provide playback controls and a customized display for X-Ray, all without leaving the TV show or movie you’re watching.
- Free unlimited cloud storage of photos taken with Fire, automatically backed-up wirelessly and available across Amazon devices and Cloud Drive apps so you have access anywhere.
The phone will be available exclusively from AT&T, with the prices of the phones vary depending on the contract, which ranges from $199 to $649 for the 32 GB version. And the 64 GB variant‘s prices starts from $299 – $749.