Amazon smartphone said to have six cameras, shipping in Q2 2014

March 20, 2014

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The Amazon smartphone is the white whale for smartphone enthusiasts. We’ve all heard stories of it for quite some time; some wild and wonderful, others sending us into frowns. The latest tale is one of the device having six(!) cameras, and launching in the second quarter this year.

News of six cameras is one we’ve kind of heard before, but this news is a bit more believeable. The cameras are said to be for gesture controls, with four of them positioned around the screen to watch your every move. We’d previously heard they were for a myriad of things, mst notably watching your eyes as you scanned the screen for info. This is a bit more salient, but we still wonder why Amazon is concerned with gesture detection. The other two cameras will do what any smartphone camera duo do: take pictures.

In regard to release, we’re now supposed to get the device in Q2 2014. Component manufacturing and shipment is said to be around 1 million units, while actual assembled smartphones is between 300-600 thousand devices. From that, we can assume it will be solely for the US market, and likely offered to Prime members.

While this news comes from an analyst with a solid track record of predicting such Amazon-y things — and apparently confirmed by BGR, who has their own solid Amazon sources — it’s not official. Six cameras seems odd, especially considereing Amazon hasn’t even made a Kindle tablet with that kind of design. I guess we'll see what it's all about later this Spring.

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  • Jason Williams

    so my take is there was a single prototype made with 6 cameras and someone was demo-ing it and in the meantime someone figured out “hey this is a really dumb idea” and it will never see it as a retail product.

    • guest

      Perhaps some of them are fish-eye or IR cameras or like Google has on their Tango devices, or maybe Amazon is putting one on each of the six edges of the phone to help collect info from brick-and-mortor retailers…