When Amazon launched the Kindle Fire tablet, the company at that time marked a significant dent in Apple iPads market share, and today at a Seattle event, the company has announced its first smartphone for the market - the Amazon Fire Phone.
The highly anticipated phone is full of gimmicky features and it looks quite beautiful, comfortable, durable and has got that never seen before 3D interface. The Amazon Fire phone has actually justified the word 'innovation' as compared to other premium segment smartphones launched in the market recently. Let's take a brief look at all the characteristics of this revolutionary smartphone.
Amazon Fire Phone - Key Specifications
Screen: 4.7-inch HD display with an ambient light sensor and Dynamic Image Contrast.
CPU: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2 GHz processor and 2GB RAM.
Operating System: Fire phone is powered by the latest version of Fire OS version 3.5, which starts with Android and adds cloud services, a content-forward user interface, built-in media libraries, productivity apps, and platform enhancements to integrate Amazon's digital content and improve performance.
Camera: 13MP rear-facing camera with backside illumination, LED flash, 5-element f/2.0 lens, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities. Fire also includes a 2.1MP front-facing camera. Both front and rear-facing cameras record smooth 1080p HD videos.
Connectivity: Global LTE and connectivity with nine bands of LTE, four bands of GSM, five bands of UMTS, 802.11ac support, Wi-Fi channel bonding, NFC, and Bluetooth.
Audio: Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus.
Cloud Storage: Amazon Web Services and its cloud technology. Fire customers can automatically back up device settings, notes, bookmarks, messages, and installed applications.
Other specs: Dimensions - 139.2mm x 66.5mm x 8.9mm, weight - 160 grams, 32GB/64GB, 2400mAh, premium, tangle-free headphones with remote and mic, Nano SIM card, micro USB 2.0 and 3.5mm headphone.
Amazon Fire Phone - Key Features
Fire has been announced with as Amazon calls it, 'the only smartphone with Dynamic Perspective and Firefly.'
Firefly: Basically, Firefly is a competitor to Siri, Google Now and Cortana and recognizes things in the real world - web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, movies, music, and millions of products, and lets you take actions accordingly. The Amazon Fire phone has also got a dedicated button for Firefly. It is actually an interesting feature for the those kind of consumers who are curious to play with it or use it heavily.
3D Dynamic Perspective: Further, Dynamic Perspective uses a new sensor system to respond to the way you hold, view, and move Fire, enabling 3D experience not possible on other smartphones before. Dynamic Perspective also enables users to go through apps and games that are more immersive, and make it quicker and easier for the user to access information.
For example, peek to see close-up front and back views of a dress in the new Amazon Shopping app for Fire. In games like Lili, take on the character's viewpoint and move your head to look around corners, obstacles, and other objects.
Starting today, Amazon is introducing the Dynamic Perspective SDK that enables developers to build new experiences with the technology.
One-handed gestures: Auto-scroll, tilt, swivel and peek for quicker, easier navigation are some of the distinct gestures which can be found on Amazon Fire phone.
For example, with auto-scroll, customers can read a long web page or a book without having to touch the screen; tilt in Amazon Music shows song lyrics; swivel instantly reveals quick actions; peek in Maps shows layered information like Yelp ratings and reviews.
Fire Phone has got Amazon Digital Ecosystem: Fire seamlessly integrates Amazon's vast digital ecosystem for instant access to over 33 million songs, apps, games, movies, TV shows, books, audiobooks, and magazines, including thousands of exclusives.
Plus, Prime members get unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost with Prime Instant Video, over 500,000 books to borrow with the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, and the all-new Prime Music - all at no additional cost.
Amazon Exclusive Services: The new Fire phone will also come integrated will all exclusive Amzon services including Mayday, ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), X-Ray, Second Screen and unlimited cloud storage.
AT&T Exclusive Availability & Price
Fire is available on preorder from today and ships on July 25. It is available exclusively on AT&T only in US, where the 32GB variant will cost around $199 (Rs 12,000 approx.) with a two-year contract and the 64GB will can be booked for $299 (Rs 18,000 approx.) with a two-year contract. There is no information on India availability as of now.
"Fire Phone puts everything you love about Amazon in the palm of your hand-instant access to Amazon's vast content ecosystem and exclusive features like the Mayday button, ASAP, Second Screen, X-Ray, free unlimited photo storage, and more," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO.
Let us know in the comments section below, if available in India, will you buy Amazon Fire phone or not?
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