Fire Phone is the name, of course, that Amazon has put to its first smartphone. Finally the rumors of so many months - years - have materialized in a smartphone whose value should be sought, as in the case of Kindle Fire tablets, in a well thought out ecosystem if you are within the Amazon universe.
For now, the Amazon Fire Phone, which will have a free price of 649 dollars, does not compete in price with the big players in the market.
Fire Phone, technical specifications
Unparalleled in specs, the Amazon Fire Phone is a smartphone that can compete in performance with the current mid-high range. Its finish is in plastic, with touches of rubber in the frame to increase the feeling of resistance, and aluminum in the buttons. It certainly includes a physical one for the camera.
This Fire Phone has a thickness of 8.9 mm and a weight of 160 grams , so it will not stand out by little weight or thickness if again we compare it with the best smartphones on the market.
The screen is an IPS with resolution 720p and diagonal of 4.7 inches. While not particularly interesting by resolution, you do have to look at the brightness of 590 nits ready to improve the visibility of the outdoor screen. The protection of the same is in charge of Gorilla Glass 3.
In terms of performance, this Fire Phone will feature a quad-core processor Snapdragon 800 to 2.2 Ghz, Adreno 330 for graphics, and 2 GB of RAM. The internal memory has two options: 32 or 64 GB. As for the battery, its capacity is 2400 mAh and connectivity is well served with NFC, Wifi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac LTE but only BT 3.0.
The camera, another essential element in the current smartphone, promises a lot. The sensor has a resolution of 13 megapixels, with f / 2.0 brightness in the five-element lens, and integrated optical stabilization. Video recording is 1080p at 30 fps, while the front camera offers a resolution of 2.1 megapixels.
One aspect that Amazon has taken special care of in its smartphone is the sound . Having music store is quite logical. It comes with stereo speakers compatible with Dolby Digital Plus technology as well as headphones with flat cable and magnetic type to always carry it together.
Firefly, a button that buys for us
Loaded with Amazon services, including the Mayday help button, the most striking for its integration with the smartphone's camera is FireFly. This technology is capable of recognizing objects as well as sounding music or video images. Up to 100 million products, tangible and non-tangible, have in their database.
This service jumps with its own button, which is the same that activates the camera, channel by which we teach FireFly what we want to be recognized. Once done, we can buy it in the Amazon store or play that content or music from the different services associated or integrated into the smartphone.
In order for FireFly technology not to be something at home, Amazon offers today the SDK so that anyone who wants can give the opportunity to use this powerful search engine and facilitate purchases from the smartphone.
Ecosystem around Amazon services
Why Amazon enters the world of smartphone? So to strengthen fidelity to your ecosystem. Consuming content, buying books and why not, also physical objects in your online store is simpler with your Fire Phone.
An example of what we say we found in the unlimited storage offered on your servers for all the photos we make with your phone. We do not need to hire space or rely on other services. If we are on Amazon, we have it on Amazon.
Amazon Fire Phone
The operating system of the Fire Phone is Fire OS 3.5.0, that you will know of the Kindle Fire HD that we have already tried in Xataka. This means that the interface is completely customized and does not let you see anything of the version of Android that is below. Compatible applications will be those that arrive at your own store.
The mysterious 3D mode
Many of the expectations surrounding this Fire Phone were the interface. There was talk of a 3D mode and multiple cameras and sensors that have finally been reduced to the functionality called Amazon Dinamic Perspective.
In general we are talking about the possibility of having a three-dimensionality feeling on the screen without it being 3D. The effect is achieved by changing the perspective of objects depending on where we look at the screen. And how do you get to know where we look? Well with the already famous four cameras in the corners, with very low consumption (you will have to see it in reality) and they work even in the dark.
Amazon has made several demonstrations where they have highlighted buildings in three dimensions inside maps, but it seems more promising the control of menus or displacements inclining the terminal and changing its perspective with respect to our face.
Amazon Fire Phone, price and availability
The Amazon Fire Phone will be out in the US associated with a two-year contract with AT & T from $ 199 for the 32GB model and $ 299 for the 32GB model. Free, the more affordable will be priced at $ 649 , too high for what on paper offers.
The Amazon phone, as with its e-book readers or tablets, will have a series of official accessories, starting with protective covers that will give you a touch of color.