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First Reported Render of Amazon’s Smartphone Posted Online

According to reports, we are only a little more than a month away from the release of Amazon’s first true smartphone, a device that should be quite impressive considering it would be the company’s first. Amazon has plenty of practice selling hardware with the Kindle line of tablets, having proven themselves worthy competitors in one of the toughest retail spaces.

Before now, Amazon has been very good about keeping the look of its hardware secret, but thanks to BGR, we may finally have our first true look at what Amazon has in store. 

As you can see in the picture below, the device looks like the perfect combination of an iPhone and Nexus 4. It is reported by BGR that the device will come running a heavily-modified version of the Android OS (just like the Kindle line of tablets), and the specs should be on par with a mid to high-end device.

Sources state the phone will feature a 4.7″ 720p display, quad-core Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, 2GB of RAM, 6 (yes, six) camera modules, and the ability to show off multiple 3D-like effects thanks to all of those cameras. To learn more about the special 3D tricks and tilt navigation that is reported to come with the device, read this article.

One major downside, at least for regular Android users, is that it is reported from sources that the only third-party apps available will be exclusively through the Amazon Appstore. While that isn’t the worst thing ever, it is no doubt that many developers put the Appstore on the back burner in terms of updating apps and release of new apps. If you are used to timely updates through Google Play, that might be a big turnoff.

Let us know your thoughts on the hardware in the comments section. We say it’s a Nexus 4 and iPhone hybrid. What do you think?

Amazon Phone

Via: BGR
  • redragn5

    If it’s cheap and unlockable it might not be half bad. I’m interested what the finished product will be

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  • Neil Fujiwara

    I see it is a combination of iphone, Galaxy and a Windows phone. Slap it all together and make it $79 off contract. Amazon plans to make more off services.

  • I’m getting sick due to these rumors because still company hasn’t said anything about it except they are gonna launch their first ever smartphone this summer. We are making fools each other by imaginations. So, It is better to wait for this smartphone and hoping for the best. As we already know that Jeff Bezos is a creative minded man then this smart phone should be different from other smartphones.

  • BoFiS

    UGH, physical home button, UGH!

  • tharealoc

    So it’s a nexus 4 with a G2 home button? I think we all know who Amazon’s manufacturer is. On a side note, how dare you cheat on google, LG!

  • jer85008

    They must have something else in store other than just a phone with a bunch of cameras and Fire OS. If not, this sure to fail.

  • AngryBadger

    Will it enable Amazon drone control? weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • sirmipsalot

    The only thing that would make this worth considering in my household would be aggressive off-contract pricing.

  • Craig

    Price will be the determining factor. If Amazon can come in at less than the Nexus 5 with the same features they will have a hit.

  • hfoster52

    So root it and install CM?

  • Looks like they tried to copy as many different competitors as possible. iPhone, Nexus, Windows Phone, Galaxy S

  • what is this a phone made for lefites?

  • JoshuaAuerbach

    what the hell could anyone possibly need 6 cameras for?

    its not a car, so it doesnt need rear view cameras ..

    you have to be an extreme narcissist to need 6 cameras. instagram is evidence enough to know that 2 is pretty adequate.

    and in my opinion, which i choose to base off the nintendo 3d ds.. you have to hold a 3d ds at a certain angle to get a semi decent 3d view… and amazon is adding tilt crap, which im guessing is still experimental pending customer review for future advances.

    the no play store thing is rediculous. if you’re a developer and you’ve made an app or two, then you’re working sith the play store, and amazon is making an attempt to redirect all those developers with their FIRST phone.. which sounds a lot like a group highly trained idiots putting together what seems to be the Frankenstein of cell phones.

    This phone is a total disaster.

    Amazon should focus more on those delivery drones than an attempt to create their own cell phone market. This business idea was made out of greed. Im selling my shares of AMZN as we speak. Total respect for chairmen lost.

  • bogy25

    Reminds me of my two friends Ugg and Lee

  • callumshell1

    Sounds like it’s gonna be extremely cheap, which is good.

  • Bigwavedave25

    UI/Software aside… the physical device doesn’t look too bad. Familiar though for some reason… hmm.

  • Marko Šaric

    Brickus Maximus.

  • SewWhat

    WOW.. look .. it’s an android phone with a windows mobile theme…../s

  • Foramex

    New CEO Jeff Bezel is definitely making his mark

    • joe23521

      Beat me to it.

  • Dre Fay

    instantaneously smh lol

  • Orion

    My next phone….

  • EC8CH


    • hfoster52

      2GB of RAM 6 Camera’s.

      • EC8CH

        Yeah I saw that… guess the joke should have been: maybe that’s what the Moto X needs, that way at least one picture has a chance of turning out decent.

  • Lol_i_pop

    BGR lock in the bottom left corner on the back is included/removable?

  • joe23521

    IMO, this thing needs to be free on contract, or come with free Prime membership to even stand a chance.

    • EC8CH

      I doubt that… I think this will pull in many Amazon customers, particularly Kindle users. I can see them selling well through Amazon, it will be interesting how well they get these to sell in the carrier stores.

      Amazon has made few mistakes recently with their mobile products, so I wouldn’t bet against them even if their products aren’t our cup of tea.

      • joe23521

        Who knows, maybe you’re right. If they want to reach beyond their own fanbase though, it needs to offer something that no other phones can. Prime would be a good option.

  • EC8CH

    Smartphone Mullet

    iPhone Up Front… Nexus 4 in the Back

    • Aooga

      More of an iPhone 4 at the back.

  • Christopher Moore

    I just can’t get pass the fact that it has forked Android with no Google play support. Automatic pass. Just make the one plus one available at Bestbuy for $300 out the door.

    • Carlos ⌘ Franco

      IMHO, the base OS portion is less important then the ecosystem your buying into. Amazon has their own already as does Apple and Google. So to knock something for not having Google Play support even though its in a totally different ecosystem is a bit off base i think. If you knock it because its Amazon’s ecosystem is another issue and totally agreeable. There is a lack of apps to download easy, sideloading is a different issue here, but you do get all of Amazon’s services very straightforward. i have iPhone, GS4 and an 7″HDX so i know the limitations of each ecosystem.

  • Good god. Lets hope this phone shares the same fate as the Facebook phone. DOA.

    • Maxim∑

      it will be sold super cheap on Amazons front page -.-… Don’t think it will unfortunately

      • Smartss

        .01 for a 2 year contract after the first month. Unlocked for $99

  • Zoloft_User

    Sorry, no Play Store, no thanks.

  • jimt

    That may be a huge battery.

    • Cael


  • Dr. Steve

    It needs to be sub $200 to find success.

  • Tony Byatt
    • Cael

      Lmao omg this is gold

    • Maxim∑

      iPhone 4+Nexus 4+Samsung homebutton

      • M3D1T8R

        Yay, the worst of all worlds.

    • Jacob Mustin


    • Smartss

      OMG… I died!!!!

    • Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth

      If anyone wants to see the original video. Granted it’s not as funny as the gif


    • LOL…literally! 🙂 I haven’t laughed that hard at a GIF in a long time! Well done, sir 🙂

  • hfoster52

    I bet you this will be cheap or free and follow some of Amazon’s pricing model with or with out ad support. Maybe it will play an ad if you are on call after 5 minutes. 🙂

    • hfoster52

      Or butt dial the live support person.

  • BillySuede

    can you say, ‘meh’?

  • burkett375

    mmmmmmmmnmmmm….home button

  • Kenny Woodard

    That bezel tho.. Ugh

    • hfoster52

      Yeah and the last leak someone ripped on me when I said there is a huge bezel and they said you couldn’t see. Well there it is in all its glory.

    • Karman_Hardon_Edition_GS8

      Jeff Bezel is their new CEO.

    • Jacob Mustin

      I dunno. look near the bottom of the display. looks like there is “black” space beside the tile layout. makes the bezels look huge, when in reality it is just display with nothing on it. Just my perception

    • Carl Draper

      Well the top and bottom are just like an iPhone, and no one complains about those, but the side bezel is bad

      • Bob

        “no one complains about those”…um, been to any Android news site much?

        • Carl Draper

          Oh I missed out “no Apple fan”

    • JoYu

      If it is some type of rubber around the outside then it is exactly where I think phones should go. Phones break so easily (without a case) these days… I don’t think it looks half bad, the render is at a weird angle so it’s hard to tell.

  • ravenofdoom

    looks like a samsung branded iPhone. Thick and w/ major chin/fore-head bezels. No thanks.

  • Shawn John

    HA. Looks just like a Nexus 4. Wonder if it feels that way also? Nice job Amazon…Throw in a free Prime account and you’d have some momentum!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Much Nexus 4…

  • Cael

    Apple and Samsung should put aside their differences and sue Amazon together for this abomination.

    *Edit: no one saw that >_>;*

    • John
    • hfoster52

      That was my first thought. Looks like an iPhone with a Samsung button in the middle.

    • michael arazan

      With Window Tiles too?

      • Cael

        Sure, Windows can sue too.

  • lamesauce

    If the iPhone had sex with the Galaxy S, this is the baby.

  • James

    “…special 3D tricks and tilt navigation”

    No thank you.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I’m at least interested in seeing what exactly amazon has planned for this 6 cameras… As for BGR getting this much attention…..it makes me queasy.

  • JimmyHACK

    Ya, nice mash-up of Nexus 4/iphone/Galaxy

    • hfoster52

      When you say nice I think what in the hell is this?

  • G97

    It looks cool!

    • Maxim∑


  • I can see the lawsuits from Apple on the horizon already.