Amazon is likely to release its first Kindle smartphone, featuring as many as six cameras for gesture control in mid-2014.
Amazon’s smartphone rumor mill is churning again stating that the long-awaited smartphone will be released in the market within next three to six months. The rumors are strengthened by a note written to clients by famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, known for precisely predicting Apple product launches.
“We predict Amazon (US) will launch its own brand smartphone in 3-6 months, using the same hardware strategy as used for its e-reader and tablet.” Kuo wrote. “The supply chain will start stocking up materials in Q2 2014 for production. We estimate required components will amount to 700k-1.2mn units, and assembly to 300-600k units. Related suppliers will start to see benefits in 2014.”
The next big project of the Seattle Company will be characterized by the presence of six cameras. Like other smartphones, the front and rear cameras will be used for video calling and taking pics, while the rest of cameras will be used in for gesture control, as anticipated by Kuo.
This statement supports rumors spreading from last year suggesting that Amazon will launch two phones: the flagship model with multiple cameras introducing a new method for of working with hand gestures and a mid-range model.
As per the prediction, the rumored smartphone will boast 4.7-inch screen with 300-320ppi, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2000 or 2400 mAh battery. The operating system would be similar to Fire OS, which is also used in Kindle Fire tablet. Fire OS is a forked version of Android, heavily customized by Amazon to push its proprietary services and Google services, in fact, won’t be available by default.
Given that the smartphone market is highly competitive, Amazon will provide users with a unique experience to differentiate its phone from the rival by integrating its e-commerce services. However, the key feature of the smartphone will be use of six cameras. Amazon hasn’t yet commented about it.