Amazon introduces Fire Phone with 3D "Dynamic Perspective"
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A smartphone from Amazon has been a long time coming, especially after the Kindle Fire's success, and the company has finally delivered. The new Fire Phone was unveiled at an event in Seattle today, bringing with it new technologies such as Dynamic Perspective and Firefly.
CEO Jeff Bezos took to the stage to unveil his latest project, a 4.7" smartphone with a 720p resolution and a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU with Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM. The Fire Phone also comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 2.1MP front camera, with a thickness of just 8.9mm and Fire OS 3.5.0 running on top of Android.
Of course the most-talked about feature of the Fire Phone will definitely be the Dynamic Perspective, a 3D interface that monitors eye movements and reacts accordingly. This is achieved thanks to four ultra-low power cameras and LEDs that are embedded around the device's edges, allowing the smartphone to offer a more immersive experience with 3D maps and one-handed gestures that display more information. Amazon has also included an integrated Firefly feature, with its very own side button, allowing users to place calls by scanning an ad or purchase an object on Amazon.com through a simple snapshot.
Just like the Kindle Fire tablet, the new Fire Phone offers users more ways to interact with Amazon's expansive marketplace, including unlimited cloud storage for photos and a year's subscription to Prime. The Fire Phone will also be exclusive to AT&T just like we heard yesterday, with the 32GB model available for $199 on-contract and $649 off-contract. A 64GB version will also be available for $100 more and pre-orders are already being taken with an expected release date of July 25th.