A smartphone designed by Amazon to compete with phones like the iPhone, Windows Phones and other Android-based smartphones. The Amazon Fire Phone joins several other products in Amazon’s Fire lineup, including the Kindle Fire tablets and the Fire TV entertainment set-top box.
Proprietary Features Offered by the Amazon Fire Phone
Some of the unique features touted by Amazon for the Fire Phone include Dynamic Perspective, a custom-designed sensor system that responds to a user’s actions; Firefly technology for identifying items and information on printed and web content and quickly accessing additional details for these items (as well as links to purchase them through Amazon); Mayday, Amazon’s live on-device video connection to an Amazon expert for support; and Second Screen for sending video content from a Fire Phone to a Fire TV.
Specs for the initial Amazon Fire Phone release include a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 MB of RAM, a 4.7-inch HD ultra-bright (590 nits) display, and a 13 megapixel advanced camera system with support for 1080p video. The Amazon Fire Phone is powered by Amazon’s Fire OS 3.5.0 mobile operating system, which is a highly customized version of Google’s “KitKat” Android mobile OS.
The first Amazon Fire Phone will debut on July 25, 2014, and pricing for the Amazon Fire Phone will start at $199 with a 2-year service plan contract (exclusively with AT&T) or $649 without a service plan.
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