Amazon’s 3D smartphone pictured in the wild, shows off 4 front facing infrared cameras


You may remember last week when, just before the weekend, Amazon’s long fabled smartphone once again arose from its slumber and once again, hit the rumor mill running. According to sources, Amazon’s killer feature for the phone will be in its UI, taking advantage of several cameras on the front of the device to track eye placement, moving the 3D user interface accordingly. Sounds nuts, especially coming from a newcomer like Amazon looking to break into the crowded smartphone market.

But after years of rumor (and development), it appears the Amazon phone is finally breaking its cover, secured in a few leaked images by the boys at BGR. Set to debut later this year, we can see very clearly a thick case covering what we assume to be the real phone inside, an effort by Amazon to keep the phone’s design shrouded in secrecy. Apparently this is only 1 of 2 smartphones Amazon plans on debuting this year, with a lower-end model launching after Amazon’s flagship.


The 3D model (who’s name is still yet to be determined) will feature a 4.7-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear/xMP front facing cameras, and an unnamed Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It will also run on top a heavily customized version of the Android operating system but feature Amazon’s new 3D UI front and center.

Again, the killer feature is in the device’s 4 infrared cameras located on each corner of the phone to track a user’s head movement, altering UI elements on the screen accordingly. Because no one wants to wear 3D glasses and stereoscopic 3D on the Nintendo 3DS isn’t a much better solution, this is a good way to make everyone happy. Amazon will be using their 3D UI in all of their system apps, opening up the APIs for developers to get to coding their own 3D apps.


The Amazon phone is said to be announced in late June, with a release in July. With so many smartphones on the market featuring largely similar specs, it’ll take something truly different to “wow” consumers. Do you guys think a 3D smartphone will be enough to capture the attention (and wallets) or consumers?

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  • irishrally

    I don’t get it. What do four cameras monitoring head movement have to so with displaying a 3D image? Also, I don’t really move my head when looking at my phone, except to look away at something else.

    • Phaz0n

      This might help clear up some confusion.

      • Squeak

        As I was reading the article I was wondering if it was something like this, thanks for the link. I think that this technology combined with active shutter glasses could create a really awesome experience, especially for gaming.

      • steveb944

        That’s freaking awesome. Now I’m excited for this device.

  • xkingxnitemare

    and let me guess. US only phone like every other device they make..

  • Dougau

    Let me guess, no Google Play.

  • MatthewAHoff

    Because no one wants to wear 3D glasses and stereoscopic 3D on the Nintendo 3DS isn’t a much better solution, this is a good way to make everyone happy.

    • scoter man1

      Pssh. PC master race.


    • Don_SoLow

      Too bad the lack of any good exclusives save for Infamous make it not as good a purchase as the 3DS

  • No_Nickname90

    Okay, so this isn’t like the 3D on the 3DS? That changes my view. I’d love to see this come out and see how this works.

    3D on the 3DS is a no-no. You look at it straight or you don’t look at it at all. =.[
    Though, being a dark room and looking at the 3D is always cool. =.P

  • Marsg

    Lol yea because ordinary selfies just aren’t enough.

    • Henri Weich Conradie

      Now you can look like a fool in pictures in 3 dimensions instead of 2, haha.

  • guitarist5122

    LOL, looks like the S5 and iPhone 5 got freaky and this is their baby. Look at the iPhone like speaker and aux placement and Galaxy home button.

    • Marsg

      More like a Nokia lumia body to me
      Edit: nvm that’s just the casing around it lol

    • Henri Weich Conradie

      If the S5 and the iPhone had a baby it would be distrusted by all.

  • jcannonball

    Sorry but this is ugly. Also, 720P? And look at all the real estate NOT taken up by a display area.

    • REVS

      its in a case …but still yeah…looks like an iphone