The launch of the Amazon Fire Phone was long anticipated an one of the most expected news in the tech circle. Very similar to the Nokia X Series of mobiles. the Amazon Fire Phone runs on a forked version of Android called the Fire OS 3.5. It does not have the Google services and its related applications. You can download android apps from the Amazon App store and you may also sideload apps at your own risk. The device is now available to pre-order from the Amazon website. On a two year contract with AT&T you can buy it for $199 for the 32 GB version and if you don’t want a contract, you can still get it for $649. It would be available by July 5th. At this stage I highly doubts its availability in India.
The Fire Phone is designed using premium materials. It has rubberized polyurethane mateiral along the sides for better grip. The buttons are made of aluminium and has stainless steel details. The display is protected from the front and back by Gorilla Glass 3. The device is quite thin at just 8.9mm but its a bit heavy, weighing 160 gms. It runs on a 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It has a 13 MP rear facing camera which a 5 element f/2.0 lens, assisted by a LED flash. Apart from the 2.1 MP front facing camera, there are 4 cameras in the front. Yes, you read it right, 4 cameras. The functionality of these 4 cameras are not for clicking pictures, but to aid an innovative feature called dynamic perspective. They track your face and appropriately adjust the display and the orientation of its contents to give a 3D perspective view of the UI. Check out the video below.
The display is 4.7″ HD LCD display, with 1280 x 720 resolution at 315 ppi. There is no card slot for memory expansion, but it comes with two storage capacity variants – 32 GB and 64 GB. It has a 2400 mAh non-removable battery. The Fire Phone has an army of sensors built in. Dynamic Perspective sensor system with invisible infrared illumination, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, proximity sensor and the ambient light sensor. It takes a Nano SIM card, which is pre-installed into the device. It has Bluetooth v3.0 and unfortunately lacks the BT LE (Low Energy) technology to sync with external devices like a Fitbit or any wearable gadget. Along with the announcemnt of the mobile, Amazon also released the Fire Phone SDK and the Dynamic perspective SDK to the developers.
The Fire Phone has a slew of innovative apps and features from Amazon. The FireFly features lets you capture a photo of any object you see and it would be recognized by Amazon and could be added to your Amazon shopping list. Mayday is an interactive customer service and help assistant that will be available from free 4×7, 365 days through the device. ASAP features predicts movies and TV shows that you will like and you can buy and watch them instantly. X-Ray helps you get more details from a book, movie, music of TV show. Like a wikipedia article you can dig into the bones of any the above you are currently into, and get mode details about characters, ideas and background. Second screen functionality lets your mirror your phone display with a TV or any Miracast enabled device.
|Amazon Fire Phone||Specifications|
|2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100|
|4G Network||LTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600|
|SIM||Pre installed Nano-SIM|
|Dimensions||139.2 x 66.5 x 8.9 mm|
|Display||IPS LCD capacitive, 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~312 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (front and back)|
|3D Dynamic Perspective UI (based on 4 front cameras)|
|Memory Card slot||No|
|Internal Momory||32/64 GB, 2 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash|
|Secondary||Yes, 2.1 MP|
|OS||Amazon Fire OS v3.5 (Based on Android)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800|
|CPU||Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 2400 mAh battery|