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Amazon’s first smartphone is one of at least two handsets the company is currently working on. We’re told that the second, an entry-level device that will feature lower-end specs and a very competitive retail price, will launch sometime after the phone pictured here.

The device set to debut in the coming months will be a higher-end model that has been in development at Amazon for several years.

According to details from multiple sources, Amazon’s first phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and it will also include 2GB of RAM.

Our sources state that the phone’s display will measure 4.7 inches diagonally, making the handset’s screen a bit smaller than recent flagship offerings from Samsung and HTC. The handset also have comparatively low pixel density, featuring 720p HD resolution compared to 1080p HD resolution on many rival devices.

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 is also rumored to feature a 4.7-inch screen with Retina resolution that falls short of full HD.

It’s not clear exactly what Amazon plans to call its first phone.

After years of development, Amazon is finally close to unveiling the first of several own-brand smartphones.

At a distance, Amazon’s upcoming flagship phone looks much like any other touchscreen phone on the market. But the company has spent years creating a unique and, at times, novel user experience that has two main focuses: Amazon products and services, and a custom 3D interface unlike anything we have seen before on a smartphone.

And so begins the story of Amazon’s first smartphone.

Recent reports have shed some light on Amazon’s plans to enter the competitive smartphone market with an own-brand handset. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the company’s first crack at a cell phone will be announced in June and released in the third quarter. The report also claimed that the phone features a glasses-free 3D interface.

An earlier research note sent to investors by plugged-in KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed a few key specs, including details about several internal components Amazon plans to use in the device.

BGR has spoken with multiple trusted sources and confirmed much of what has been reported thus far. We have also exclusively learned many new details surrounding Amazon’s upcoming smartphone, which is set to debut in the coming months.

Finally, we have obtained exclusive photos of a prototype of the unreleased device, giving the world its first look at Amazon’s hotly anticipated phone.

As can be seen in the images, the device is covered by a protective shell intended to prevent people without authorization from seeing the physical design of the phone. Some areas of the photos have also been blocked or otherwise obscured by BGR.

In the past, BGR has exclusively reported early unannounced details surrounding numerous Amazon products including Kindle eBook readers, Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon’s current-generation Kindle Fire HDX tablets and, most recently, the Fire TV.

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Amazon's teaser video: [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erUZQ9GK0sE

The phone is rumored to utilize glasses-free 3D and eye-tracking from four front-facing cameras, powered by mid-range specs. Opportunity exists for Amazon to further incentivize Prime membership.

Originally Posted by The Verge

Chances are they are talking about a new glasses-free "3D" user interface, which has been expected to be included on Amazon's phone for some time. TechCrunch originally reported last year that Amazon was working on a phone with a "3D eye tracking interface", and it just reported that Amazon is using a special face-sensing technology to track the user's head movements. Apparently, users will be able to tilt their heads to the side to see hidden content or homescreens, an action that jibes with the behavior of the subjects in Amazon's teaser video.

Originally Posted by The Verge

BGR followed up TechCrunch's report this spring with alleged pics and specs of the upcoming device, which show four cameras in each corner of the phone's front. Aside from these face tracking cameras, the phone isn't expected to have much else in terms of interesting specs. BGR reports that it will have a 4.7-inch, 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and 2GB of RAM, which would put it in line with last year's Motorola Moto X, itself a mid-range device. Amazon could have upped the ante in terms of specs since BGR received its information, but we'll have to see what happens on Wednesday.

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Amazon could use this opportunity to announce updates to its Fire TV, Kindle tablets, and Kindle e-book readers in addition to announcing a smartphone.
If Bezos' note is any indication, it's going to be "a little bit different" and surely interesting. Amazon's going to have to differentiate itself from the both the iPhone and the sea of Android phones already owning the smartphone market — integrating your smartphone habits with your shopping habits in a new convincing way could do just that.

BGR's leaked photos:

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I'm not sure exactly what I think of this device yet. The price on contract is fairly steep for the hardware specs. A lot of the UI mostly seems to be gimmicks. Their teaser above doesn't really show anything.

They have a link to a 2 minute video on their home page that shows images/maps/text being skewed/rotated/scrolled with the device being tilted. Just a use of internal sensors that may in some scenarios be handy.

Had a good laugh when one guy talked about how some snowboarding game made him feel like he was really snowboarding while he tilted his phone side to side to control the game - pretty sure many games with that same control exist on all platforms.

Firefly seems like potentially the bigger draw, but most of what it does in recognizing objects, songs, films, etc is built in or available through apps on other platforms as well.

I'm sure they'll sell plenty of them, but not seeing anything revolutionary, just a jailed Android OS to match their Kindle Fire line.

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I'm sure they'll sell plenty of them' date=' but not seeing anything revolutionary, just a jailed Android OS to match their Kindle Fire line.[/quote']

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I'm sure the won't sell very many of them since everyone will be wanting the new Iphones.

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Maybe... IPhone is in the same bucket though. No rumor I've seen on it would be anything revolutionary, just working on catching up with mobile hardware technology. They have the advantage in that all of their customers don't realize how outdated their 3.5" devices are and will think everything announced is new and was never done before.

Still, I think Amazon will sell plenty. It's not like they've had a hard time peddling the Kindle Fire despite the existence of iPads

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They are basically marketing this phone as an Amazon shopping aid more than anything. I like Amazon and they will probably sell ok but it doesn't appeal to me at this point.

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