At an event today Amazon has announced the Fire Phone, the companies first smartphone. It features injection-molded steel connectors, a 4.7-inch IPS LCD HD ultra bright display with 590 nits and Gorilla Glass, a Quad-core 2.2GHz processor, Adreno 330 graphics, 2GB of RAM and dual-stereo speakers with Dolby Digital plus surround. However the stand out feature of the device is a trick that combines the phones multiple front-facing cameras with software to give a 3D-like dynamic perspective hat updates 60 times per second. This allows you to have some pretty cool effects in the interface as well as seeing some cool things such as 3D renders of buildings in maps a dynamic perspective. How helpful this will be is very much unknown. The back of the Fire Phone is made from glass and features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/2.0 five element lens and optical image stabilisation. On the side of the device is a button for taking photos which works even if the screen is off. One press to open the camera, one to take a shot. Amazon is also throwing in unlimited photo storage, which is pretty cool.
The headphones included with the device are what Amazon is calling "Tangle-free", which is pretty neat if true. They're also magnetic and ergonomic.
On the software side of things the Fire Phone supports Amazon's second screen and X-Ray. You can "fling" video from your phone to your Amazon TV, while X-Ray gives you details on the video you're watching. It also supports a rather interesting feature called 'ASAP' which predicts what you may want to stream and pre-caches it so it will start instantly. According to Amazon ASAP will get smarter the more you use it and is personalised based on the time of day. Who really knows how well this will work, but if it can become accurate it could be a killer feature. Amazon's MayDay service is also supported on the Fire Phone, this allows you to get instant help from an Amazon employee via a live video.
A brand new service coming to the Fire Phone is called 'FireFly' which is a camera app that autorecognises stuff it sees. Books, DVDS, games, and TV episodes and music playing This means FireFly can then show you the product with related products for purchase.