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Hands on with the Amazon Fire Phone

Sep 10, 2014

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The Amazon Fire Phone is the first smartphone produced by the online retail company, and it’s made a lot of noise. The Fire Phone runs on Amazon’s Fire OS, also found on the Kindle tablets, the HDX 7 and HDX 8.9. One of the most compelling features is the interface. Thanks to four infrared cameras positioned on the phone’s corners (in addition to the two standard-issue cameras), the Fire Phone can animate the display perspective for a dynamic 3D experience.

With a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor and its dual image signal processor, the Fire Phone is designed to handle with ease the data generated by the multiple sensors. In addition, the low-power Qualcomm Hexagon™ DSP and Qualcomm RF360™ Solution maintain low battery usage. By adopting RF360 technology, the Fire Phone is designed to reduce power consumption and improve radio performance technology for better battery life.

In addition the Fire Phone comes with a number of added features, such as MayDay, Firefly and a free year of Amazon Prime. Here’s what the press has to say:

  • “Animations... are fast and buttery-smooth. The display responds fluidly to touch almost all the time — the hallmark of a fast processor optimized for a specific device. Even the phone's dialogue boxes have a nicely textured design.” — Mashable
  • “The Fire offers some navigational tricks that, once you’re used to them, really do help you get to things you need quicker.” — Venturebeat
  • “Firefly pegged almost everything I threw at it, even when items remained in their packages and bar codes were somewhat obscured.” — CNET