Amazon has unveiled its first phone, The Fire Phone, which indeed manages to differentiate itself, thanks to cool features like FireFly, Amazon Content and Dynamic perspective. Needless to say, the phone is well integrated with Amazon’s existing ecosystem including cloud and support.
We will talk about these features, but first, let’s take a look at the specifications. Amazon’s Fire Phone has a 4.7 inch display with 1280 x 720p HD resolution (315 ppi) and will be powered by Snapdragon 800 quad core chipset clocked at 2.2 GHz and aided with 2 GB RAM.
The device is 8.9 mm thick and weighs moderate 160 grams. You can order 32 GB or 64 GB storage variant for $649 and $749 respectively, without contract. The 2400 mAh battery housed inside will last for 22 hours of talk time, 11 hours of video play back and 285 hours of Standby.
Imaging hardware includes a 13 MP f 2.0 wide aperture camera with optical image stabilization and 5 element lens and LED flash support. A front 2.1 MP snapper is also present for selfies and video calling. Both camera’s can record 1080p full HD videos. There is dedicated key to launch camera app even when screen is off and to click images. Amazon is also offering unlimited storage on Amazon Cloud for Images from Fire Phone and other Amazon Content!
Amazon is also offering premium tangle free headphones with remote and mic. Other connectivity features include 3G, WiFi ac, GPS, GLONASS and Bluetooth 3.0. You will also get access to rich Amazon content. You can also stream contents like movies on your HDTV using Fire phone. It also allows you to send video to any Miracast device. Users will get 1 year access to Amazon Prime, which means loads of free content including movies, songs, books, TV Episodes and more. If you are already a prime member Amazon will extend your membership by another year.
Firefly allows users to recognize anything around them. You can scan barcode, a DVD cover, a CD, a game, or any item in the store and it will recognize it and even let you buy it from Amazon. Amazon is dead serious about this new feature, to the extent that it has provided with a dedicated hardware key to trigger fire fly. You can also scan phone numbers from posters and call them, scan TV channels, scan and play Music and more.
Firefly can detect over 70 million items as of now and more are being added to the list. Amazon has also announced an SDK for the same which will let developers do their thing and provide with cool apps to better use this feature.
With Dynamic perspective, Amazon allows you to navigate Fire phone using 3D effects like air gestures and face tilt. Such attempts have been made in the past, mostly using proximity sensor and accelerometers, but this one is supposed to work better because of the hardware support.
Amazon has added four wide angle IR depth sensors at each corner of the phone to detect your face, and the fire phone knows where you head is each time. You can tilt the phone to scroll a webpage, go through maps, highlight a street name or landmark
You can pre-order Amazon Fire Phone 32 GB for $649 outright or for $199 with AT&T Contract. 64 GB variant will cost you $299 on contract and $749 outright.
|Model||Amazon Fire Phone|
|Display||4.7 Inch , HD|
|Processor||2.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 800|
|Internal Storage||32 GB/ 64 GB|
|OS||Amazon Fire OS V3.5|
|Camera||13 MP/ 2.1 MP|
|Price||$649 / $749|