After months of speculation, rumors, and leaked photos, Amazon has finally unveiled its new smartphone. Unsurprisingly named the Fire Phone, the new Amazon smartphone combines average hardware with innovative software. And with the Amazon ecosystem integrated so deeply it’s difficult to escape from the online retailer’s grasp.
The Amazon Fire Phone boasts a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2GHz processor, 2GB RAM, a 4.7-inch HD display, stereo speakers, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. There are also a host of exclusive features: Mayday for talking to an Amazon representative, X-Ray for getting more information about media content, and ASAP for predicting what streaming content to queue.
The two biggest features are Dynamic Perspective, the 3D element which uses cameras and LEDs to track your movements, and Firefly, which can identify printed text, movies, music, and household products. The asking price for all of this is $199 for 32GB, and $299 for 64GB, all with two-year AT&T contracts. Only in the U.S., of course. Because the rest of the world doesn’t matter.