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Amazon reportedly developing 3D-enabled Android phone

Apr 16, 2014  |  Eric Brown
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Amazon reportedly will enter the Android smartphone arena later this year, with a device that makes some images appear to be 3D, similar to a hologram.

The phone will be announced in June and ship in September, reports the WSJ. The unnamed phone is said to display 3D images using retina tracking technology.

BGR followed up with a story that revealed alleged specs of the phone, including a photo of the device, albeit wrapped up in an enclosure that hides most of its features. This first Amazon phone reportedly will be followed up by an entry-level version that will launch later this year.



BGR’s alleged photo of the Amazon Android phone

The WSJ reports that sources briefed on Amazon’s plans informed it that “the retailer has been demonstrating versions of its Android phone to developers in San Francisco and Seattle in recent weeks.”

“The people said Amazon hopes to distinguish its phone in a crowded market with a screen capable of displaying seemingly three-dimensional images without special glasses,” adds the WSJ story. Additionally, “They said the phone would employ retina-tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras, or sensors, to make some images appear to be 3-D, similar to a hologram.”

According to BGR, Amazon’s phone will run a heavily customized version of Android on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM. The display is said to be a relatively modest 4.7 inches, with comparatively low 720p pixel density. In addition to a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, and a videocam on the front, there will be four more front-facing cameras on each corner that will record 3D effects, adds BGR.

More details are available in the WSJ and BGR articles, the latter of which provides larger photos of the alleged device.
 

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