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Amazon smartphone: 5 things you need to know

Amazon smartphone: 5 things you need to know

Sure, you’re already clued in on HTC’s sleek new One (M8), Samsung’s ace Galaxy S5 and know all the chatter about Apple’s new iPhone 6.

But what about Amazon’s newly rumoured smartphone? This device has been in the offing for some time, but we’ve only just got a sniff of what to expect and when to expect it.

Read on and we’ll tell you all the key things you need to know about Amazon’s all–new blower.

1 It’s got 3D smarts

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3D might not be in vogue any more. But that’s not stopping Amazon from including it in its new smartphone. Word is the device will use four infrared cameras to track users eye movements.

These will deliver 3D effects without having to don a pair of specs.

The tech could be applied to mapping apps, wallpapers and home screens, as well as in Amazon’s online store, where users can view goods in three dimensions before buying.

2 It runs forked Android

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Amazon already uses a version of Android in its Kindle Fire tablets. Its 3D smartphone will follow a similar path, delivering Amazon’s own take on Google’s platform.

That means no native Google services and apps from Amazon’s Appstore, not Google Play. Still, Android apps should work, giving this phone a decent plethora of add–ons for hardcore users.

3 There’s more than one model

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Jeff Bezos and co are said to be prepping another model to go alongside the 3D effort being touted now.

Most likely this will be a budget version, although seeing as the 3D phone only has a 4.7–inch screen with a relatively piffling 720p, it could just be that the second phone loses the 3D smarts and keeps the rest.

4 It’s due out in the next few months

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Rumours have suggested Amazon is not going to wait long to pull the trigger on this one. Word is it’ll have the device ready to go in as little as two to three months.

That could put it on a collision course with both Apple and Google, who will use their developer conferences in June to tout new software and doubtless tease some new kit too. Amazon needs to strike soon though in order to capture new customers before the iPhone 6 hits shelves.

5 It’ll be US-only to start

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There’s one major issue for 3D fans outside the US. The Amazon smartphone is only set to be made available across The Pond, at least for the time being.

That means you’ll either need to go abroad to get one or have a US Amazon account in order to snag an early model. Whether it’s worth the hassle will become clear when the device is finally shown off.

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