We're here at Amazon's "device unveiling" event where the retail giant has just announced its long-awaited entrant into the phone market. The Fire Phone is glass on both sides with a metal frame, rubber trim and metal buttons and has a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display.

Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, says the Fire Phone is the perfect size for one handed use. It also has a circular polarizer so that you're able to use it both ways up with sunglasses on without losing any clarity. Inside the Fire Phone has a quad core 2.2GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM and houses a 13MP camera with OIS round the back, and a dedicated camera key. And with the Amazon Cloud at your disposal you're also getting unlimited, free storage for your photos.

Sound wise the Fire Phone has stereo speakers with Dolby Virtual Surround sound as well as a pretty neat sounding pair of tangle-free earbuds with magnets to hold them together.

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But what about the content? Well, Amazon's full content library will be available through the Fire Phone. All of it. Not only that but we're getting Miracast support for watching that content on the big screen and something they're calling predictive caching for content you're going to want to watch. Prime Music is also included, as is Audible, the Kindle Book Store and the MayDay support service first seen on the recent Kindle Fire tablets and it'll work over WiFi and cellular connections, too.

The Fire Phone also has something Amazon is calling, FireFly, and it's a Google Goggles-eque service only beefed up a lot. Scanning barcodes on music, books, games, grocery products, it'll recognize them, list them and of course, you'll then be able to buy things from Amazon.

We'll have much more on the Fire Phone as the day progresses, so keep it locked to Android Central for the very best!

 

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Amazon officially unveils the Fire Phone

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Glass back? Even Apple ditched that idea. Too many fingerprints.

And what is in each corner of the front?

I don't think that fingerprints were the big complaints about the glass-backed iPhones and Nexus 4. People were more concerned about shattered rear glass panes than anything else.

Amazon hide android quite well, and with it being locked down, for many people it might as well be another OS entirely, it's the developers of apps for Amazon app store who care.

To Each His Own..
IMO, a slim 5" device is a good all around size.. but there are those that prefer < 5 inches.
Very strong engine to render on a 4.7 inch screen.. pushing pixels at speed should not be an issue. I don't get this metal frame thing.. I think it's over hyped. The S5 Prime was unveiled in Korea today and it still has a plastic frame. Once you case it up, there is no difference.. if you don't case it up, you will damage the metal at some point. Although not for everybody, Nice Job Amazon.. There is a market for your device.. not the geek market but a market none the less.

I actually like what I'm seeing a lot. 4.7" is the sweet spot for me, and there are some neat features here. Leaving the Play Store and having to re-purchase a lot of apps is a huge barrier to entrance for me, though.

I know this just got announced but I would assume that rooting and side loading will be an option soon enough...

Don't forget that most of the apps on Amazon are not updated at the same place as Goggle's Play Store. In some cases, they are several versions behind our even abandoned by the developers.

Yeah. it's making the phone as big as the S4, so not point in having an 4.7 phone when in the end it's as big as a 5" screen phone.

I'd be willing to bet though it's similar is size to the s3/4. I have a 4.7 moto and the bezels are shorter than the amazon phone from what i'm looking at in the pics.

They still need to release Amazon Instant Video on Android, I've been a Prime customer for years and have hated they haven't done so yet

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Yet? Amazon is not going to make Amazon Instant Video available for Android. They want you to spend your money exclusively with them and their products.

Why not? They have made it available on iOS, why not for Android also? Makes no sense, maybe someone will get the apk and get it working soon, who knows.

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There's a hack you can do which involves side-loading Adobe flash on your android device, see xda. I didn't try it myself.
But yeah, this is one reason why I reverted to Netflix after trying Prime video for a couple months.

I think Amazon app store makes them a fair bit of money, and the developers can get their apps ready fit listing there with little effort.

However, if Tizen catches on, I can imagine Amazon adopting that.

I wasn't really expecting more than this. Actually, this is exactly what I was expecting, and it's not very impressive imho. Why would anyone buy a phone just to so they can be locked into Amazon's services? I tried it with their Kindle Fire. I bought it, I have Prime, but you know what, in 2 years of owning the Fire, I have yet to actually use it to watch videos from Prime.

I mean, if you love Amazon that much, I guess this device is for you.

Me too.. I can understand the purpose behind an Amazon tablet, but unsure about an Amazon phone, because Amazon don't have the full complement of mobile services.. calendaring, email, instant messaging, maps.

I'm hoping that the developer community gets a ROM for this out soon, maybe even with support for the 3D stuff (though I know that's a pipe dream).

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http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Fire-Phone-32GB-AT/dp/B00EOE0WKQ/ref=sr_1_1...

Notice the "without a service plan" selection. I bet you could use this phone on any prepaid plan that uses AT&T service. It supports these as well: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), Quad-band GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 9 bands of LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20), supports carrier aggregation

Maybe one of those is compatible with T-Mobile as well? Not sure, not enough care left to go find out.

I can understand the purpose behind an Amazon tablet, but unsure about an Amazon phone, because Amazon don't have the full complement of mobile services.. calendaring, email, instant messaging, voice/video chat, maps.
However, I'm watching Amazon with interest to see where they're going.

It'll be interesting to find out how well locked down this phone is, and how quickly CyanogenMod will come to it.