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Leaked Image Shows the Amazon Smartphone, Doesn’t Show the 4 IR Cameras

amazon-smartphone-kindle-fire-phoneWhen we first saw photos of Amazon’s smartphone it was reportedly shrouded in a plastic shell that disguised pretty much everything except its general rectangular shape, but today’s image leaves little to the imagination.

A product render was leaked today. It is reportedly the new Amazon smartphone, but it looks quite a bit different from the photos we have seen before. This render, which may or may not be the same phone as in the photos, shows the front and back of an unnamed smartphone.

There’s no way to tell for sure if this is the same 4.7″ Amazon smartphone, but if you zoom in on the photo you will see that there is no sign of the 4 IR cameras that Amazon’s smartphone is supposed to have:


Update: Dave Zatz has pointed out in the comments that 2 of the cameras can be seen in the bottom corners. Between the combination of  a poor laptop screen and bad eyes, I missed that detail. Thanks, Dave!

This image might be a fake or simply incomplete, but I would also like to throw out a couple other possibilities.

The lack of the extra cameras might be a sign that they won’t be making an appearance in the production model. yes, I know that everyone is assuming that the cameras are needed for neat effects, but as I have pointed out before (one, two, three), most of the features mentioned so far don’t require 4 cameras. Other smartphones managed to pull off the features with just one or two cameras and a smartphone’s internal sensors. If you add that detail to the render shown above it suggests the possibility that the 4 IR cameras were only installed in a smartphone which was intended for developmental purposes, not one which would be released to the public.

On the other hand, this render could be incomplete – or it could be another model entirely. As you might recall from last Fall, Amazon was rumored to be interested in a more modest budget smartphone in addition to the crazy powerful cutting edge design. This render could show that budget model.

Or it might simply be fake. I can’t wait to find out which it is, can you?

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DaveZ May 1, 2014 um 11:44 am

I see two of the four sensors… look towards the lower left and lower right corners on the front. (Although, keep in mind this is a render vs a photograph.) I adjusted the colors, so they’d be more obvious to you:

Nate Hoffelder May 1, 2014 um 11:47 am

I zoomed in to 300% and I still don’t see anything. At 400% I see what might be the sensors but even at that magnification I am not sure.

DaveZ May 1, 2014 um 11:55 am

Probably not an issue of zoom, more an issue of contrast based on your display and/or video card. It’s clear to me at the image’s original size (~900px wide) with no zoom).

Nate Hoffelder May 1, 2014 um 12:03 pm

Or possibly my eyes, in combination with the poor screen on my Lenovo laptop.

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