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Amazon smartphone leak reveals five front cameras

Amazon smartphone prototype with five front cameras
Amazon smartphone prototype
The first leaked images of Amazon's smartphone prototype reveal five front cameras, which could be used to provide a 3D experience without 3D glasses.

After many rumors and years in the making, it seems Amazon's first smartphone is very close to being officially unveiled. The first images of the prototype reveal no less than six cameras, confirming the fact that the device will have a custom 3D interface unlike anything currently on the market. Next to this major innovation, it will be no surprise to see the user experience focusing on Amazon's own products and services, as it happens with the Kindle.

According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal last week, Amazon will announce the company's first smartphone in June and the handset will hit the market during the third quarter. That article also mentioned a glasses-free 3D interface, while previous rumors revealed some key specs, as you can see below:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Display: 4.7-inch with 300-320 ppi
  • Cameras: 13 MP by Sony on the back, five front cameras by Primax
  • Operating system: Google Android customized by Amazon, similar to the one loaded on Kindle tablets
  • Battery: 2,000-2,400 mAh

While none of the above is official yet, BGR's inside sources confirmed most of it and also released exclusive images of the prototype. These images show five front cameras and what appears to be a rather common plastic case design, but this could also be a protective shell aimed at hiding the real looks of the handset. 

The five cameras mentioned above will be used to track the user's position and adjust the 3D elements of the interface accordingly. Unfortunately, the name of the device is still unknown at this stage, but if Amazon announces it in June as rumored, more info should be available soon.


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Codrut Nistor, 2014-04-15 (Update: 2014-04-18)