The much-awaited smartphone from Amazon is now official. Amazon Fire phone is the first smartphone to be designed by the e-commerce giant. It has been generating rumors for quite a few months, and obviously, we had high expectations from it. The main USP of this phone is its 3D display, and a host of other new software features.
What's new in the Amazon Fire phone?It comes with a first of its kind 3D UI, visual search, and a personal support service.
Before you go ahead, and make any impression about the phone, please note that it runs on Amazon Fire OS v3.5 and not on Google Android OS. Now, let's take a closer look at the features and specifications of the Amazon Fire phone. The Fire phone has a lot of amazing features which can completely change the way we use our smartphones. So, let's start and check out the build and construction of the phone.
The front and back sides of the phone are made up of rubber, and it has a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 on the front. The glass not only gives the phone a premium look, but is also resistant to scratches. It graces a 4.7-inch HD LCD having a pixel density of 315 ppi. The phone is 8.9 mm thick, and we believe that one shouldn't have any problem while holding the phone. It tips the scale at 160 g, so it's not super light. We are happy to see that Amazon didn't give it a plastic finish.
Fire Phone Specifications
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800|
|CPU||Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400|
|Storage||32/64 GB internal storage|
|Screen||4.7" HD LCD|
(~315 ppi pixel density)
|13MP f/2.0 having LED flash|
|OS||Fire OS v3.5|
|Dimensions||139.2 x 66.5 x 8.9 mm|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
HSPA+, Quad-band GSM, 4G-LTE
|2,400 mAh Li-ion|
|Sensors||Dynamic perspective sensor system|
with invisible IR illumination gyroscope,
accelerometer, proximity, ambient light,
magnetometer and barometer Li-ion
Image Source: amazon.com
The Amazon Fire phone has a somewhat old but fast Snapdragon 800 chipset having 4 cores running at 2.2 GHz each. It also has 2 GB of RAM to take care of multitasking. The display size is limited to 4.7 inches, which seems small for a flagship phone. Today, every OEM is going after larger and larger displays but, according to Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, 4.7 inch is the best compromise between the desire to have a large screen and ease of use.
The Fire phone is equipped with a bright 13MP f/2.0 sensor which, theoretically, should perform very good in low light situations. There is a 2.1 MP camera at the front for catering to the need of selfie lovers. Both cameras can record Full HD videos with a frame rate of 30 fps.
The phone comes in two flavors―32 GB and 64 GB. And yes, you guessed it right, it doesn't support Micro SD cards. You also get a free Amazon cloud storage account for storing Amazon content and the photos taken with the phone.
The Amazon Fire phone seems like a pretty amazing device, but its limited availability on only one carrier and the price tag of USD 649 will put off many prospective buyers. What do you think about it?