Two weeks back, rumors about Amazon’s first smartphone made a big leap forward, going from the stuff of analyst speculation and rumor to the leak of pics of a very real physical handset. While a bulky case hid some of the subtleties of the phone’s design from us, we could still see enough – specifically, the four front-facing cameras that would equip the phone to track gestures in 3D space – to convince us that this was indeed the Amazon hardware we’d been hearing about for so long. While we still haven’t had the opportunity to get a look at this model in the flesh with that case removed, a new render attempts to do the next best thing.
Normally, if something like this showed up shortly after a leak like we’ve seen, we’d assume we were looking at a fan render – someone taking what they saw in those pics and extrapolating the rest, if not outright guessing. But BGR reports that render supposedly comes from Amazon itself, and that sources familiar with the actual phone have commented on its accuracy.
For a phone that’s sounded so very gimmicky thus far, we have to admit that this render makes the handset seem downright pedestrian. Had we not known about those extra cameras or any of the rumored software tricks, this would seem like a pretty run-of-the-mill smartphone. But maybe that’s a good thing.
Amazon’s not expected to launch this guy until sometime this summer, so we probably still have another couple months for more leaks to find themselves our way.