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Amazon May Launch Smartphone with 3D Capabilities in September

amazon_logo_2Amazon is gearing up to release its long-rumored smartphone later this year to directly compete with offerings from Apple and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, the company has been showing off prototypes of its handsets to developers in San Francisco and Seattle in recent weeks, with Amazon likely announcing the phone by the end of June and launching it by the end of September.
The people said Amazon hopes to distinguish its phone in a crowded market with a screen capable of displaying seemingly three-dimensional images without special glasses, these people said. They said the phone would employ retina-tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras, or sensors, to make some images appear to be 3-D, similar to a hologram, the people said.
Rumors of the phone first surfaced in July of 2012, where it was reported that the company was working with Foxconn on the device. Last May, another report noted that the smartphone would join other products to complement Amazon’s popular line of Kindle tablets and E-readers.

The news comes as Apple is expected to ship its next-generation iPhone later this year, which may come in two different sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. Recent reports have noted that the 4.7 inch version will ship in the third quarter of 2014, while the larger version may ship later due to production issues.

Along with a larger screen, both models of the iPhone 6 are expected to include a faster A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, 1GB of RAM, and camera improvements in the form of optical image stabilization.

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15 weeks ago
I smell a gimmick.
Rating: 41 Votes
15 weeks ago
3D... AGAIN? If Nintendo & every TV company in the business blew it, why do Amazon think they're gonna make it work?

L_O_L

It's like 2009 all over; come one guys, try to diversify; we no more need 3D than we need *ANOTHER* smart phone platform.

Rating: 17 Votes
15 weeks ago
It kind of sucks that there is pretty much nothing these companies can do to get me to switch away from my iPhone.

I've had everyone iPhone since the first one on launch day and there is nothing enticing out there, except the next iPhone.
Rating: 17 Votes
15 weeks ago

a faster A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, 1GB of RAM, and camera improvements in the form of optical image stabilization.


expect 2GB of RAM in A8 devices.
Rating: 13 Votes
15 weeks ago
The more competition the better!
Rating: 10 Votes
15 weeks ago

Remember Siri ?


Yeah I use it daily, what about it?
Rating: 10 Votes
15 weeks ago
3d? 2011 called and wants their phone back
Rating: 9 Votes
15 weeks ago
I may sleep with Jessica Alba tonight.
Rating: 8 Votes
15 weeks ago
AMZN
"We just make up ***** to get a bump in our stock price."
Rating: 8 Votes
15 weeks ago
Don't care so much about the 3D part, I'm assuming they are thinking more about 3D movies via streaming than just a phone gimmick. With or without 3D, this could be some serious competition for Apple.

I'm using Amazon Instant Prime more and more so buying things in the Amazon ecosystem is appealing. I also tend to only buy Android Apps from the Kindle Store instead of the Play Store. This could mark the first all-inclusive stack to take on Apple: phone, tablet, streaming device, streaming service, and store.

I love my Apple toys, but I don't love the $5.99 rental fees.
Rating: 7 Votes

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