Remember, this is still a rumor — a rumor that now has photos.
BGR leaked what could be the first-ever images of the long-awaited Amazon smartphone Tuesday. But it says the photos aren't perfect. "As can be seen in the images, the device is covered by a protective shell intended to prevent people without authorization from seeing the physical design of the phone."
But you get the basic idea. The site reports the Amazon phone isn't so different from other devices out there, looks-wise.
But it reportedly has a custom 3-D interface you won't find on the iPhone. (Via Apple)
This no-glasses-needed 3-D tech is what BGR says sets Amazon's upcoming release apart from the competition.
Before the image leaked to BGR, TechCrunch reported Tuesday the 3-D feature will be "very limited out of the box." It says the four cameras use head tracking, not eye tracking, to achieve glasses-free 3-D.
That's in sharp contrast to BGR, which is reporting both eye tracking and a heavy use of the tech "in as many areas as possible" on the device.
For the phone's sake, that better be true. Should the 3-D tech be more of a passing novelty, the phone might not be able to stand up to its competitors.
The Verge compares it to the latest Android flagship devices from Samsung and HTC. It reports the Amazon phone's rumored 4.7-inch screen would be smaller and boast a weaker 720p display, "which falls a bit short of the now-standard 1080p resolution found on the Galaxy S5 and HTC One."
Along with the display specs, the report packs the phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM and six cameras — the other two being more standard options used for photos and video chats.
But creating the still-powerful but cheaper device is sort of Amazon's thing. Just look at the Kindle Fire compared to the iPad. (Via Amazon)
Gizmodo says, "It's out of character for Amazon to use such advanced technology."But the writer notes BGR's solid track record on Amazon leaks.
It had exclusive shots of the Kindle Fire HD. More recently, its executive editor tweeted out the Fire TV name early. (Via BGR, Twitter / @zacharye)
So you think BGR could be right again? We'll know when Amazon makes it official. Sources have the announcement penciled in for June.