Amazon’s First Smartphone: The Fire Phone

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Amazon, yesterday, announced its first smartphone, the Fire Phone. The Fire phone has a 4.7″ IPS LCD HD display, with Gorilla Glass 3. With resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels the screen serves the pixels density of 315 ppi. The smartphone is available in a variety of colors including Black and Cayenne in premium leather, or Black, Cayenne, Citron, Blue, or Royal in durable polyurethane.

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The Fire phone is exclusive to AT&T and will cost $199 (32GB) or $299 (64GB) with a two-year contract. Amazon has also listed the device on its website for $649 (32GB) and $749 (64GB) without a contract. Pre-orders have been started and the device will launch on July 25.

 

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Hardware & Specifications

The Fire Phone supports 4G LTE and is powered by a 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The device features a primary 13-megapixel camera on the back which also supports Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and optically adds an f/2.0 five-element lens on top of that. Unlike any other Android smartphone and with the likelihood of Nokia’s tradition, a dedicated camera shutter button is also provided which also launches the camera app within the phone.

On the front the Fire phone has a 4.7″ IPS LCD HD display, with the toughness of Gorilla Glass 3. With the resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels the screen serves the pixels density of 315 ppi while 590 cd/m2 brightness (typical), 1000:1 contrast ratio.

Size 5.5″ x 2.6″ x 0.35″ (139.2mm x 66.5mm x 8.9mm)
Weight 5.64 ounces (160 grams)
Processor 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM
Display 4.7″ HD LCD display, with 1280 x 720 resolution at 315 ppi, 590 cd/m2 brightness (typical), 1000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
Cameras 13 MP rear-facing camera, multi-frame HDR, auto focus, optical image stabilization, f/2.0 5-element wide aperture lens, LED flash
2.1 MP front-facing camera
OS Fire OS 3.5.0
Storage 32 GB or 64 GB
Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content, and photos taken with Fire phone
Battery Battery size: 2400mAh. Talk time: up to 22 hours; standby time: up to 285 hours. Video playback: up to 11 hours; audio playback: up to 65 hours.
Video recording 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps (front- and rear-facing cameras)
Audio playback Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio processing
TV and Video Supports screen mirroring and Second Screen
Content formats supported Audio: Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, PCM/WAVE, AAC LC/ELD, HE-AAC (v1 & v2), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AMR-WB+, Audible Enhanced format (AAX); Video: MPEG4, VP8, H.264/MPEG4/AVC,MPEG4 SP, H.263,AVI,HDCP2.x, PlayReady DRM; Images: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, GIF87a,GIF89a; Viewable docs: PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT
Sensors Dynamic Perspective sensor system with invisible infrared illumination, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Location GPS, Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi/Cellular location, and Digital compass
Cellular UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), Quad-band GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 9 bands of LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20), supports carrier aggregation
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, up to 300 Mbps with channel bonding; Bluetooth 3.0 wireless technology; NFC enabled
Headphones Premium, tangle-free headphones with remote and mic
Rating for hearing aids M4, T4
SIM Card Pre-installed Nano SIM card
Ports Micro USB 2.0
3.5mm headphone
Warranty and Service 1-year Limited Warranty included. Use of Fire phone is subject to these terms
Included in the Box Amazon Fire Phone with Fire OS 3.5.0
Premium headphones with remote and mic
Micro USB to USB charging cable
USB power adapter (5W)
Quick Start Guide

Dynamic Perspective

The term “Dynamic Perspective” in the Fire Phone is a custom-designed sensor system that responds to how you hold, view, and move your phone. In simple words It gives the 3D impression of depth of field while tilting your phone around.

Dynamic Perspective uses four ultra-low power specialized cameras—the smallest globally shuttered cameras in existence—plus four infrared LEDs for invisible illumination, real-time computer vision algorithms, and a custom graphics engine rendering at 60 fps.

In addition to Dynamic Perspective there are other services such as a FireFly. Mayday, ASAP, X-Ray, Second Screen and Unlimited Cloud storage for your Photos & Amazon Content.

Software: The Fire OS

The Fire OS is the software that runs the Fire Phone. Fire OS version 3.5.0 is a customized version of Android OS, just like Kindle or Nokia X Platform, that brings Amazon services to the smartphone instead of stock Google services.

 

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