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Amazon's new smartphone will feature a 3D interface and "Prime Data"

Boy Genius Report first brought some detailed information on Amazon’s upcoming smartphone offering in mid-April. The smartphone is supposed to feature an innovative 3D interface, a “forked” version of Android (a la the Kindle Fire tablet family), a Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a “lowly” 4.7” 720p display.
Today, BGR is once again dishing out some fresh details Amazon’s smartphone included some 3D renders of that the final product will look like. The smartphone market is relatively mature at this point, so the actual physical design of the device breaks no new ground and looks about par for the course when it comes to Android-based smartphones.
In addition to the new look at what the smartphone will look in its final form, BGR says that it will come with “Prime Data”. Prime Data appears to be a data plan for the smartphone that is being offered exclusively through AT&T’s wireless service network. More importantly, it appears to be tied to AT&T’s Sponsored Data program that was initiated back in January of this year.

Source: Boy Genius Report

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Several thoughts
By aurareturn on 5/1/2014 1:44:54 PM , Rating: 0
1. This thing looks exactly like an iPhone
2. If Amazon gives away a free data via Amazon Prime, I will be onboard. I already have a Prime membership and use it extensively. If it covers my data plan, I will buy this phone.
3. So can we get rid of the OS and install stock Android?

RE: Several thoughts
By fic2 on 5/1/2014 1:51:54 PM , Rating: 2
1. Yep! Rounded corners!
2. That would be sweet.
3. Even sweeter but I doubt it.

RE: Several thoughts
By dgingerich on 5/1/2014 2:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
I only thought one thing: "oh, AT&T, well, that's out."

RE: Several thoughts
By hpglow on 5/1/14, Rating: 0
RE: Several thoughts
By atechfan on 5/1/2014 2:35:41 PM , Rating: 2
With the rounded edges, it looks nothing like an iPhone.

Why Android? Because Amazon already went through the trouble to fork it for their Fire tablets. As much as I am a proponent of Windows Phone, it makes no sense for Amazon, who wants this to be another device tied to their content store.

RE: Several thoughts
By Jeffk464 on 5/1/2014 5:36:44 PM , Rating: 2
Which means you have to go through all the effort to turn it back to an AOSP android rom.

RE: Several thoughts
By atechfan on 5/1/2014 9:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you? I am assuming that if you buy this, it is because you want to be in the Amazon ecosystem.

RE: Several thoughts
By KoolAidMan1 on 5/1/2014 10:28:12 PM , Rating: 1
People buying this won't do that. They'd get it because they want Amazon apps and they don't make those for Android, just their own Kindle products and iOS.

RE: Several thoughts
By hpglow on 5/1/2014 5:55:07 PM , Rating: 1
The camfer of the edges is different I agree but you would have to be blind not to see an iphone resemblance. It almost looks like an iphone4 with a black bumper installed. I mean pretty much all phones are just rectangles with predominantly screen on the face. But the flat back and simular corner radius makes this thing look a lot like an iphone.

RE: Several thoughts
By name99 on 5/1/2014 7:31:32 PM , Rating: 2
There are two damn phones in the picture. The first looks much like an iPhone. The second looks much like an iPhone4.

Neither is an especially interesting statement since pretty much every damn phone that ships these days looks like an iPhone. The only differences are screen size or the rare weirdness like the Samsung Galaxy K super lens.

RE: Several thoughts
By atechfan on 5/1/2014 9:05:33 PM , Rating: 2
It is front and back pics of the same phone. It looks like an iPhone in that it has a screen and is rectangular. That is about it.

RE: Several thoughts
By Jeffk464 on 5/1/2014 5:39:34 PM , Rating: 2
Why android? Well basically because the app world is android or iphone. If windows had a larger market share than android I'd probably be using a windows phone.

RE: Several thoughts
By Jeffk464 on 5/1/2014 5:40:15 PM , Rating: 2
Although I'm so tied into google services I'm not sure I would.

RE: Several thoughts
By KoolAidMan1 on 5/1/2014 10:31:58 PM , Rating: 1
Why Android? Slow choppy Android (as I type this on an Android tablet). I would have rather seen Ubuntu, Tizen, or even Windows Phone. Not some crappy os that runs code through an interperter.

Easy man, some people here are easily offended and very sensitive about what's honestly wrong with "their precious"

RE: Several thoughts
By KoolAidMan1 on 5/2/2014 8:18:57 PM , Rating: 2
Truth hurts

RE: Several thoughts
By name99 on 5/1/2014 2:26:19 PM , Rating: 2
You think you are going to get free data (about a $50*12=$600 value) for $89 a year? Good luck with that.

The best you'll get is some sort of weird add-on plan, like access to Amazon content will not be counted against your data --- and even then I expect there'll be caveats of various forms (maximum of three movies month or something) so that people aren't spending 24hrs a day streaming movies to this phone.

RE: Several thoughts
By karimtemple on 5/1/2014 2:59:41 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty sure "Prime Data" is just free data while using Amazon apps like Books and perhaps Instant Video.

If I had to guess, I'd say they're putting this out at $200 - $250 no contract, which of course would be spectacular. Things are looking up for tech this year.

RE: Several thoughts
By Brandon Hill on 5/1/2014 3:19:41 PM , Rating: 2
Free data to stream HD movies? I'll believe it when I see it :)

RE: Several thoughts
By karimtemple on 5/1/2014 4:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
Haha. I'm sure Hulu would consider doing it if they were in a position to, considering the advertisements in tow. Amazon's dog in the fight is probably a deal for residuals on the subscribers this phone nabs for AT&T (and T-Mobile?), not to mention more users installed to its platform base.

Although even if Instant Video is part of "Prime Data," it won't necessarily be HD. =p

RE: Several thoughts
By Jeffk464 on 5/1/2014 5:34:41 PM , Rating: 2
I'm starting to think a phone is a phone now. You get your 5"ish HD screen and a quad core snapdragon processor. How many phones does this describe?

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