Amazon launched its long-rumored Fire Phone on Wednesday, telling reporters at its hometown kickoff event in Seattle that the $199 smartphone is available for pre-order, and debuts July 25. Oh, and it's only available on the AT&T's network.
According to The Verge
, the most unique feature of the phone was rumored to be a 3D display, and Amazon delivered on that promise with "dynamic perspective." The feature creates a 3D effect by tracking the position of the user's eyes with four front-facing cameras, and also allows users to scroll and perform other actions by simply tilting the phone.
Getting into the nitty-gritty of the specs, the Fire Phone sports a 4.7-inch screen, 720p display, 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, aluminum buttons, a Qualcomm processor, Adreno 330 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 32MB of hard drive space. It's 0.35 inches thick, and weighs 5.64 ounces.
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Overall, that puts it in the middle-to-upper range of smartphone hardware on the market today.
Company founder and CEO Jeff Bezos promised that the phone's speakers were exceptional for a device of its size, and that the flat-cord ear buds would never tangle. He also said the phone's camera outcompetes those of the newest iPhones, and that his company would offer unlimited cloud storage for the user's photos through Amazon Cloud Drive.
Fox News reported
that Fire Phone customers will also get a free year in Amazon Prime, the company's expedited shipping program that also offers access to its instant-streaming programs for TV shows, movies, music, and books.
Further tying Fire Phone customers into Amazon's vast retail ecosystem is an app called Firefly, which allows users to scan barcodes, pictures, and even audio to find that item on the Amazon website, whether it be a toaster oven or a song.
The phone is available exclusively on AT&T's network with a two-year contract, and a 64GB version is also available for $299.
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