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  (Source: BGR)
New phone will have an admirable spec except for a lowly 720p screen resolution, Inc. (AMZN) has been rumored to be crafting a version of Fire OS -- its fork of Google Inc.'s (GOOG) ubiquitous Android -- to put on smartphones.  A new story by Boy Genius Report adds a few more details to the roundup of rumors regarding the upcoming release.

Here's what we know so far:

Via The Wall Street Journal
  • The phone will feature a glasses-free 3D interface (à la Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (TYO:7974) Nintendo 3DS).
  • It will likely launch in June 2014.
Via research note by KGI Securities (KGI Sec. Thailand PCL (BKK:KGI)) analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (widely regarded as the most accurate Apple, Inc. (AAPL) analyst):
  • It will launch between June and Aug. 2014.
  • Amazon will start component buying and production in Q2 2014
  • It will stock enough components to build 700k-1.2m handsets.
  • It will initially build 300-600k units in Q2, will build 2-3m total units in 2014.
  • Device will include front camera, rear camera, plus four other front-facing cameras for gesture based controls.
  • Plastic chassis
  • 4.7-inch display panel @ 300-320 ppi (which indicates 720p)
  • Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 801
  • Rear camera: 13 megapixel Exmor camera sensor by Sony Corp. (TYO:6758)
  • Front cameras: supplied by Primax Electronics Ltd. (TPE:4915)
  • Battery between 2,000 and 2,400 mAh
Via RE/Code:
  • 3rd party APIs will provide developer support
  • Amazon is wooing top developers
  • Mid-level API will translate Fire OS calls to Android calls
  • Low-level API will allow developers to leverage the device's 3D capabilities
Via BGR:
  • Memory: 2 GB DRAM
  • The phone's 3D will somehow avoid using the parallax barrier of past designs such as the Nintendo 3DS and the HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) EVO 3D.
  • 3D interface cameras at corners of screen are low-power infrared cameras
  • Screen elements follow your eyes
  • Lockscreen wallpaper scrolls with tilt
  • First generation model will be followed by budget variant
Here's some pictures from BGR, as well.  Note that the bulky polycarbonate case (which evokes Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1Vtwo year old Lumia 900) is actually not part of the phone itself, but a protective covering that hides the phone's design.

Amazon Fire phone

Amazon Fire OS phone

Amazon Fire OS

Still you can see the cameras for the unique 3D interface and some of the stylings in the above shots.

Sources: BGR [1], [2], RE/Code, The Wall Street Journal

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By Belegost on 4/15/2014 1:48:25 PM , Rating: 2
Looks a bit like some of the older Nokia designs, but with the split casing I doubt it will feel as solid.

RE: Hmmmm
By Belegost on 4/15/2014 1:49:41 PM , Rating: 2
And now I see the disclaimer hidden below the long list of features...

RE: Hmmmm
By Flunk on 4/15/2014 1:49:48 PM , Rating: 3
Note that the bulky polycarbonate case (which evokes Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1V) two year old Lumia 900) is actually not part of the phone itself, but a protective covering that hides the phone's design.

Hey, look at this text from the article.

RE: Hmmmm
By UltraWide on 4/15/2014 2:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
It's wearing the development case that is often used to hide the true design until it is finalized.

That plastic
By BRB29 on 4/15/2014 2:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
This can't sell well unless it's under $200.

RE: That plastic
By Argon18 on 4/15/2014 2:23:00 PM , Rating: 1
Considering that Amazon's tablet products have sold especially well, and are priced well below their Apple and Android competitors, I think sub-$200 could be where they're aiming.

RE: That plastic
By Mr772 on 4/15/2014 2:30:33 PM , Rating: 2
I think it will depend on the feature set of the device. What can\are they doing to do with all those cameras??

Better Be Cheap
By Flunk on 4/15/2014 1:49:01 PM , Rating: 2
I can only see this getting traction if it's dirt cheap. It isn't non 100% Android compatible (and it won't be) you're really locking down your options.

Why 3D?
By kmmatney on 4/16/2014 3:10:18 AM , Rating: 2
I have no idea why they want to go 3D. My wife used an EVO 3D for a year, and it was a pain in the rear. You needed special software to view the pictures, and the 3D effect could only be seen by using the phone's screen to view the pictures. I think there was a way to use 3D glasses on a computer screen, but overall it just wasn't worth the effort. My wife would get really mad if the camera was accidentally in 3D mode while taking pictures. The 3D was just a gimmick, and HTX was smart to drop it.

By SuckRaven on 4/17/2014 12:16:35 AM , Rating: 2
Can't wait till the 1st one of these is reported with a melting or exploding battery. will have earned it's name! =)

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