Snaps and specs for what is purported to be an Amazon branded Android phone have surfaced online, a matter of days after the online retailer took its first steps in the burgeoning smartphone apps market.
Unearthed by Android Police, the handset sounds more than a match in the power stakes for the crop of next-gen handsets running Google’s OS, thanks to a 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon processor courtesy of Qualcomm and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) out of the box.
Elsewhere, the phone, reportedly codenamed the Blaze, is home to a rear-mounted five-megapixel camera and a secondary front-facing snapper for video calls, as well as an energy efficient 4.3-inch Mirasol screen that’s apparently easy to read even in direct sunlight.
According to the chaps at the Android fansite, the Blaze will mark the first appearance of Amazon’s custom skin, also dubbed Blaze, that offers full integration with the online retailer’s services and features a solar panel on the rear.
The apparent leak - it could yet prove to be an April Fools prank - arrives after Amazon earlier this month launched a proprietary applications store for Android phones, the imaginatively named Appstore. Currently US only, the store stands out in an increasingly crowded market for some attractive free and exclusive apps offers and a tight vetting process for applications submissions.