For a few years now we have been hearing rumors about Amazon working on a smartphone. It hasn’t materialized up till now, and the company hasn’t hinted any plans of entering the smartphone market. Earlier this week chatter from Asia based supply chain predicted that the Amazon smartphone will be released later this year. Building up on that, famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo makes some predictions about the features and specifications of this much rumored device. Kuo is known of his often correction Apple predictions.
In a note to clients, Kuo writes that Amazon’s smartphone is going to be launched in the next 3-6 months. Production is expected to begin the in this year’s second quarter. It may come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quadcore processor, a 4.7 inch display with pixel density ranging between 300 and 320 ppi as well as a battery between 2,000 and 2,400mAh. Kuo claims that the 13 megapixel rear camera will be provided by Sony, and secondary cameras by Primax.
Kuo claims that the Amazon smartphone is going to have four other cameras apart from the 13 megapixel rear and a respectable front camera, the usual affair found on conventional phones. It is believed that they will be used for gesture control/3D object recognition. This does make sense to an extent. Amazon would have to do something radical to make its smartphone stand out from the crowd, otherwise its going to be perceived as just another Android smartphone. Gesture control would provide a unique user experience and would also prove to be one of its biggest selling points.
It is imperative to keep in mind though that despite the analyst’s track record, it is possible that Amazon may go down a completely different road for its first ever smartphone. For all we know, it can shelve the plans altogether. Still there is not even a whisper from the company about its plans regarding the smartphone market.
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