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Amazon is expected to announce its 3D smartphone in June

by Mark Tyson on 14 April 2014, 11:45

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Online retail giant Amazon is said to be preparing to announce its long-rumoured smartphone in the second half of the year, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The WSJ's story is derived from talks with people who have been briefed on the internet retail giant's plans.

Rumours concerning Amazon's plans to build its own smartphone have been doing the rounds over a long period now. According to this latest information from the WSJ, Amazon has been demonstrating early prototypes of its handset to developers in San Francisco and Seattle recently.

Amazon reportedly has plans to officially announce the device by the end of June. Mass production of the smartphone is meant to begin later this month with an initial order of 600,000 units and shipment should commence by the end of September, in time for the holiday shopping season.

Although not much information was given regarding the technical aspects of the device, it was mentioned that the screen of the smartphone will be able to display 3D images without the need of special glasses. The smartphone is also said to feature retina-tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras to allow imagery to achieve 3D hologram-like effects.

It is probably safe to presume that Amazon will be utilising its own app store for the upcoming phone. This Amazon 'walled garden' features around 200,000 apps according to a recent announcement by the company.

In related news Amazon's recent launch of its $99 Fire TV set-top box appears to have been a clear success with punters. At the time of writing the media playing and gaming device has sold-out. Eager buyers can still order it now with stock replenishment expected on 21st April.



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So probably the biggest issue with the Kindle tablets is the Amazon skin over Android and this issue will continue over with these handsets.
Whilst I like the idea of the subsidised phone, the 3D etc seems like a massive gimmick. it was kind of novel on the 3DS, but nothing I'd pay extra for.
Wonder how long the batteries would last on 3D mode? A few minutes maybe…?
herulach
Whilst I like the idea of the subsidised phone, the 3D etc seems like a massive gimmick. it was kind of novel on the 3DS, but nothing I'd pay extra for.
Wasn't there some articles on how the 3D mode on the 3DS gave some users headaches and/or nausea? If so, then I don't see the 3D effect on a smartphone being a big draw.

Plus, I don't get what I would need a “3D screen” mode for - unless to watch 3D movies perhaps. I supposed 3D photography is a possibility - but that seems to me to be a massive gimmick.
crossy
Wasn't there some articles on how the 3D mode on the 3DS gave some users headaches and/or nausea? If so, then I don't see the 3D effect on a smartphone being a big draw.

Plus, I don't get what I would need a “3D screen” mode for - unless to watch 3D movies perhaps. I supposed 3D photography is a possibility - but that seems to me to be a massive gimmick.
Yes, and a lot of it was FUD.