Amazon unveiled its first smarphone – the Amazon Fire Phone – on Wednesday. The highlight of the phone is what Amazon calls ‘dynamic perspective.’ To make this dynamic 3D effect happen, the phone has four front-facing infrared cameras to tell where your head is, even if your fingers happen to cover two of them.
You can use this feature, for instance, to get front and back views of a dress you are thinking of buying. You can take a character’s viewpoint in games by moving your head to look around. See the animated GIF to get an idea of what the ‘dynamic perspective’ experience would be like.
The new smartphone has a 4.7-inch LCD HD display that has 3D capabilities. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says images are typically flat, and Amazon wants to change that. You can rotate the phone around and get a different view depending on your angle of vision. He says the phone is basically redrawing the image 60 times per second. Bezos calls this “dynamic perspective.”
The phone is smaller than leading Android phones, but larger than Apple’s iPhone. CEO Jeff Bezos calls the screen, measuring 4.7 inches diagonally, ideal for one-handed use. The phone has a circular polariser that lets users look at it even outside at any angle, says Amazon.
The Amazon Fire has a glass back – something which we have already seen on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and Nexus 4.