Amazon Officially Launches the Fire Phone

Amazon has officially confirmed its new hardware product, the Fire Phone, which had been in the rumor mill since 2012. This is the new product introduced and manufactured by Amazon itself aside from Fire TV and the most successful Kindle Fire tablets. The Fire Phone has specs that are commonly found in the smartphones of today such as the HD LCD Display and Quad-core processor, but it definitely has features that are not featured in those smartphones we know. It has a total of 6 cameras, sports a 3D-like viewing via Dynamic Perspective and FireFly to name a few.

Two of the six cameras are standard, one on the back with 13MP calibration which features LED Flash, f/2.0 lens and Optical Image Stabilization and then a 2.1MP front facing camera. The other four are situated on the front side of the Fire Phone that work with the Dynamic Perspective feature as what Amazon calls it. This particular feature gives users a 3D-like viewing experience where it provides depth in the background of the display instead of outward one, the cameras track the user's head's position and distance from the smartphone and adjust the display to give users 3D looks of the image on display. Users will also have an option to turn this feature off if they want to.

Just like the Kindle Fire tablets, the Fire Phone is also based on Android 4.2 Jellybean software but is heavenly forked with Amazon's UI on top of it called the Fire OS 3.5v. This allows Amazon to give its users access to its Prime services and this also means that the device won't have access to the Google Play services but it should be able to sideload APK Android apps. One of the Amazon's main offerings with this Fire Phone is the Unlimited Cloud Storage for photos taken by the device free of charge. So if a user loves to take photos, a storage won't be a problem. And pretty sure there are other features and functions many users won't be able to know immediately how to use it and won;t be aware of its existence, to answer that Amazon has this MayDay a 24/7 customer service where users can access via MayDay button on the device and can talk to a representative via video chat.

Fire Phone will start shipping on July 25 in the US and can now be pre-ordered through its Amazon webpage. It will be exclusively offered via AT&T for a $199 (32GB) with a 2-year contract or $299 for a 64GB version, there is no WiFi only version. An unlocked version can also be purchased from starting at $649.

- 4.7-inc HD LCD Display
- 1280x720 resolution, 315ppi
- 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 32GB and 64GB Internal Storage Options
- 13MP Rear camera with f/2.0 lens and optical image stabilization
- 2.1MP front camera
- Dual stereo speakers
- Android 4.2 Jellybean-based Fire OS 3.5
- 8.9mm thick
- Gorilla Glass on Front and Back
- 2,400mAh Battery

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