Amazon, AT&T on ‘Fire’ With New Smartphone

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Amazon on Wednesday took the wraps off its first smartphone, the Fire, and announced AT&T Inc. as its exclusive carrier partner.

Fire will start shipping on July 25 but customers may pre-order it now from Amazon or AT&T. The 32GB device will cost $199 with a two-year contract, while the 64GB version goes for $299. Buyers also can opt for the monthly pricing plan – $27.09 for the 32GB and $31.25 for the phone with more memory.

Its physical features include the following:

  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2 GHz processor and 2GB RAM
  • 4.7-inch HD display with an ambient light sensor and Dynamic Image Contrast for better outdoor viewing
  • Global LTE and connectivity with nine bands of LTE, four bands of GSM, five bands of UMTS, 802.11ac support, Wi-Fi channel bonding, NFC and Bluetooth
  • Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus
  • 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with backside illumination, LED flash, 5-element f/2.0 lens, Optical Image Stabilization , and HDR capabilities; a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. Both front and rear-facing cameras record 1080p HD videos.
  • Gorilla Glass 3 body, aluminum buttons, stainless steel details and rubberized polyurethane grip area

Meantime, Amazon is touting the Fire’s Dynamic Perspective and Firefly features. Here’s how Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com’s founder and CEO, explained them:

“The Firefly button lets you identify printed web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, artwork, and over 100 million items, including songs, movies, TV shows, and products – and take action in seconds," he said. “We invented a new sensor system called Dynamic Perspective that recognizes where a user’s head is relative to the device – we use it to offer customers a more immersive experience, one-handed navigation and gestures that actually work."

Amazon also released two SDKs, one for Dynamic Perspective, the other for Firefly, so developers can create their own capabilities.

The Fire works with Amazon’s website, which contains more than 33 million songs, apps, games, movies, TV shows, books, audiobooks and magazines. It also works with exclusive Amazon services including Mayday, Advanced Streaming and Prediction, X-Ray, Second Screen and more.

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