Rumors look closer at Amazon smartphone’s motion-tracking camera array
Amazon’s first smartphone could be a pretty impressive piece of hardware, if some of the rumors we’ve been hearing check out. Putting aside the question of what company might actually design and manufacture the hardware for a moment, we’ve been hearing about a handset with pseudo-3D visual effects and in-air motion tracking. That latter system would supposedly work thanks to an array of cameras around the phone’s corners, and today we get a little more detail on the hardware.
Sure enough, there should be four little cameras at the corners, each with a VGA resolution. That’s rubbish for stills, but will hopefully be enough for not just gesture recognition, but the eye-tracking needed for the 3D effect.
In addition to that, look for a nice big 13-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization built in. The front-facer is a bit of a mystery, and the report we’ve seen mentions both 2MP and 12MP resolutions – big difference there. We’ve reached out for clarification and will update if we hear anything.
Beyond all that camera business, the phone may have a 4.7-inch display (which will be undoubtedly high-res, but 720p versus higher is still an open question), and plans now have it running a Snapdragon 800 processor. Then again, with a launch not scheduled until the second quarter of 2014, we imagine a lot could change by then.