Amazon, the e-commerce giant, will be launching their first smartphone tomorrow at a live event in Seattle. Even though there has been no solid confirmation from Amazon about the smartphone, the video teaser and endless rumors and leaks have us pretty confident it will come tomorrow.
The new smartphone looks to build on the Kindle ecosystem, now integrating tablets, e-readers, e-books and a whole app store. Kindle is Amazon’s brand name for devices and apps and we expect the smartphone to fall under the Kindle brand.
Amazon is bringing some impressive 3D effect technology to the smartphone, said to run on four front facing cameras that track the user’s face in real-time to create a 3D display. This will make viewing angles much better on the device, but we question how input will work on the display.
Internally the smartphone will run like any mid-range Android device, with a 4.7-inch display, quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Software will be Fire OS 3.0, the first time on a smartphone and we know it will be exclusive to AT&T in the United States.
Amazon might be working with AT&T to offer sponsored data to users, allowing Amazon services to be available for free. This could be great for users with small data contracts on AT&T, who like to preserve data and use free applications that won’t cost anything, this will work especially well if they own an Amazon Prime account.
The device will launch tomorrow at Seattle’s Amazon event, Jeff Bezos will most likely take to the stage to unveil the product. The smartphone should be the cornerstone of all Amazon content and will fit nicely with the Kindle Fire and Kindle TV, the former might also be updated at this event.