The rumors and speculations about Amazon’s idea of launching a phone that started to spread way back in 2012 has finally came to an end as Amazon unveils its brand new handset called ‘Fire Phone’. The smatphone price starts at $119 and is currently available only for people in US. All the eyes are gazing at its so-called 3D shopping aspect and its reputed services for mobile phone, which means that nothing much known about its hardware specs. So, let’s have a sneak-peek at what it has inside with a detailed review.
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Amazon Fire Phone Price, Release Date, and Features
Amazon Fire Phone: OS
The Fire Phone sports a forked version of Android that Amazon has decided to call Fire OS 3.5. In the basic, this is a forked version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. But the overall rapport is that Amazon has done lots of modification that latest Fire OS doesn’t look like Android in any means.
Google services even might not be seen as a part of the handset, yet there is the probability that you can have them as APKs.
The carousel feature on the device provides you the ability to view recently (and frequently) opened apps, and each app can show off some recent notifications. While for the app grid itself, you can arrange apps in whatever order you wish, in addition you can add additional stuff like websites, books and other particular items. It’s amazing to look how Amazon has ‘once again’ disguised Android with its personal Interface and Services.
As per some reports, “By pressing the home button will allow you to switch over between the carousel and the app grid”.
Amazon Fire Phone: Connectivity
The gadget supports 3G connectivity, but we are expecting a 4G connectivity support and as well as a nine band support. The phone supports NFC in addition to GPS with GLONASS and Assisted GPS. Reports suggest that though the phone supports Bluetooth LE, it won’t set out with the feature. This means that Amazon could come up with a software update to enable the feature finally. However, there is no word from Amazon regarding when it’ll do so. It is rather disappointing and unconvincing to see a smartphone with some great features miss a basic connectivity option, which is at present seen even in low-cost Android models. The device is Wi-Fi enabled and features the support for ‘ac’ draft and it even supports Wi-Fi channel pairing.
Amazon Fire Phone: Display
The Fire Phone falls in between the size of a phone and tablet, but we don’t guess that might concern anyone. Same as the Moto X, it has rested unfaltering on the 720p resolution, which offers the gadget’s display HD quality. This means the pixel density will work the whole way up to 315 ppi – this is a decent screen, but not anywhere in the circle of allege, an Apple Retina Display. But still looking at the price tag, it’s a pretty good display. The display features a usual 1000:1 contrast and 590 cd/m2 brightness ratio. It even wears a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 protection for durability.
Amazon Fire Phone: Processor
The device is packed with a Snapdragon quad-core 800 chipset. May not be the latest one, but far enough for that price range. The chipset works at 2.2GHz and even withstands an Adreno 330 CPU. It has a 2GB of RAM space, which is quite sufficient to handle all those services and apps.
Amazon Fire Phone: Camera
When compared to other handsets of its price range, the Fire Phone sports a 13 MP primary camera and a 2.1 MP front-facing one for those selfie lovers around. The company has preferred for an f/2.0 5e wide aperture lens along with features like multi-frame HDR, LED flash, auto focus and optical image stabilization. Both front and rear cameras can record 1080p HD videos at 30 fps.
Amazon Fire Phone: Form Factor
The smartphone is neither so large nor so small having 8.9mm of thickness. It measures an easy fit range of about 139.2mm x 66.5mm x 8.9mm. The handset marks the scale with 160 grams, and featuring Gorilla Glasses on both sides, will offer users a nice feel to the phone. It’ll also be as well protected.
Amazon Fire Phone: Storage
The Fire Phone comes in two variations, 32GB and 64GB. Amazon has also added free cloud storage as a bonus for all Amazon content, and also to store pictures captured with the phone.
Amazon Fire Phone: Sensors
There is no lack of sensors in this smartphone. It is boasted with a barometer, accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, ambient light sensor and magnetometer. It even brings in the Dynamic Perspective sensor feature with invisible infrared beam.
Amazon Fire Phone: Battery
The Fire Phone will be powered up by a 2400mAh Li-ion battery that provides up to 22 hours of talk time and 285 hours of standby time. The handset can play up to 65 hours of audio playback and 11 hours of video playback.
The Amazon Fire Phone doesn’t feature the best of specifications for a gadget at this price range. On the contrary, its exclusivity to AT&T as well restricts its reach. However, Amazon is relying on the gesture-enabled aspects with Dynamic Perspective and the numerous Amazon services covering the new Prime music service that company proposes to pack with the smartphone.
While as printed it does appear to be a whole decent package, but let’s sit back and watch if these lavish features peer up with the literal performance of the gadget.