Amazon schedules launch event for what’s probably its smartphone

Ever since Amazon released its first Kindle Fire tablet, we’ve been curious to learn if this interest in Android would lead the company along to eventually releasing its own smartphone. Rumors have been insistent that such a device has been in the works for quite a while at this point, and talked about unusual features like a multi-camera gesture-tracking system and a pseudo-3D eye-tracking interface. More recently, we’ve seen a few images of actual hardware, and heard that a release could be as soon as this quarter. That’s now sounding like it could be a strong possibility, as today Amazon reveals its plans for a June 18 event that may well reveal the company’s elusive smartphone.

Amazon’s teaser video doesn’t show the device in question, but it does depict users interacting with it, and their talk of how it “moves with them” and the shots of them tilting their heads back and forth to see how the product responds sure fits nicely with our understanding of how this fake 3D effect will work.

We also see a sliver of the product on Amazon’s sign-up page for invites (above), and while it’s not enough to establish whether we’re even in phone or tablet territory here, it’s not a huge departure from the render we checked out early last month – this new image looks thinner, with sharper angles around the back sides, and the Amazon logo’s in a weird place (but maybe that’s just a composition job for the sake of this teaser).

June 18 is just two weeks from today, so confirmation will be here soon.

Source: Amazon
Via: Android Central

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