Hot on the heels of a new rumor about the Amazon smartphone's features comes a new leak of a set of photos showing that the phone really does have 6 cameras.
Boy Genius Report got their hands on photos of what they say is an early prototype of the Amazon smartphone. It's wrapped in a plastic shell which disguises a lot of its details, but what little we can see has caused my heart to skip a beat:
As you can see, there are 4 cameras in the 4 corners. If you look closely you'll also see an addition camera above the screen, and there is reportedly a 13MP camera on the rear of the phone.
BGR has been a reliable source of leaked Amazon hardware ever since the Kindle 2 first appeared in late 2008, and they have outdone themselves this time. While we still don't have complete specs, BGR can report that the 4 "cameras" in the corners are low-power IR cameras.
The phone is going to be running a modified version of Android on a SnapDragon CPU with 2GB RAM. The screen will reportedly measure 4.7" with a 720p resolution.
And yes, there will be some 3D effects:
The device’s extra cameras are used to track the position of the user’s face and eyes in relation to the phone’s display. This allows Amazon’s software to make constant adjustments to the positioning of on-screen elements, altering the perspective of visuals on the screen.
The result is a 3D experience without the need for 3D glasses or a parallax barrier in front the LCD panel like the solutions used by the Nintendo 3DS portable video game console and HTC’s EVO 3D smartphone from 2011.
It's going to be used as widely as possible, in everything from the lock screen to the wallpapers and app icons. Amazon is also reportedly going to use the feature to show off 3D renders in Amazon's content stores. By shifting the position of the phone, users are able to see three-dimensional product images at different angles to reveal surfaces that cannot be seen in regular photos.
Amazon is also reportedly working hard to recruit outside developers so they can have key third-party apps available at the phone's launch which take advantage of the phone’s 3D interface. The launch is expected to happen in June, with the phone to ship later. We're also now hearing that Amazon will release a budget model later this year.
So it turns out that Amazon's phone does have 6 cameras, and it does have at least some of the features which have been mentioned in past rumors. I am equal parts embarrassed, surprised, and intrigued.
While I am somewhat embarrassed to have gotten this one wrong, my research has shown that the rumored features (gesture tracking, eye tracking, parallax 3D) don't require the additional 4 cameras. That has left me intrigued; I am deeply interested in finding out what Amazon is doing that no one else is doing.
Amazon would not have added the extra 4 cameras if they weren't enabling absolutely awesome features, and I can't wait to find out more.
I have never bought a smartphone (a flip phone has served me adequately), but I think the rumors about the Amazon smartphone are going to make me break that trend.