The wily Amazon phone: It's the smartphone rumor that won't quit, and now more circumstantial evidence of its eventual release has surfaced in the wild. On Tuesday, BGR posted what it describes as photos of an Amazon prototype device, along with some spec and feature details shared by "multiple trusted sources." See also: Amazon phone launch live blog.
The website points out that the prototype is ensconced in a shell that makes it impossible to suss out what the smartphone really looks like. But BGR's sources say the phone will feature a 3D interface (backing up an earlier report by the Wall Street Journal), and will include four front-facing cameras to track the user's eye movement in the service of various 3D effects.
And, sure enough, if you look at the image above, you'll see what looks like a battery of front-facing cameras.
There will be two versions of the unnamed Amazon phone, with the higher-end version portrayed in the ostensibly leaked images launching first, BGR reports. Its sources say a 4.7-inch display will be limited to a 720p resolution. We should also expect a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM, BGR says.
The BGR report is full of other juicy details about the 3D interface, so if this kind of technology amuses you--and if you're ready to vest yourself in the whisperings of unnamed sources--head on over to the report, as it's worth a read.
Of course an Amazon phone--and why not 3D?
Meanwhile, let's ponder the raison d'etre of an Amazon phone. It makes perfect sense for the shopping giant to release a smartphone, as its Kindle Fire tablets have been huge successes, and Amazon is always interested in more platforms that help you quickly impulse-buy digital media, shoes, and pretty much anything else that can be delivered in a cardboard box.
But a 3D interface? Why? Glasses-free 3D doesn't work well on any platform, least of all handheld devices. But, hey, if Jeff Bezos is going to promise drone deliveries, then why not a 3D smartphone? There's not a kooky idea the company seems unwilling to explore.
Let's just remember that a smartphone isn't a smartphone until someone hits send on a press release. Mega companies like Apple, Google and Amazon have deep, deep war chests to R&D kooky ideas like 3D phones--and even face computers. The mere presence of an Amazon phone prototype shouldn't surprise anyone. But we'll just have to wait until Jeff Bezos sings to find out what the device will actually include in the final, shipping flesh.