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Amazon's Smartphone Event

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  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:54:56 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:55:05 PM
    A circular polarizer, he says, means you can use the phone in landscape and portrait modes...
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:55:15 PM
    It has a 13MP rear-facing camera.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:55:22 PM
    It has optical image stabilization.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:55:23 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:55:31 PM
    So far the Fire Phone is shaping up to sound pretty high-end, at least in specs.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:55:41 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:55:46 PM
    We don't know anything until we actually get it in our hands, of course.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:55:49 PM
    There are tiny motors that adjust the lens so it counteracts natural hand tremors, he says.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:56:04 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:56:15 PM
    He shows a comparison between the GS5 and iPhone 5S. Naturally, the Fire wins out.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:56:28 PM
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:56:50 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:56:52 PM
    The shutter stays open four times longer to capture more light for better low-light photos, he says.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:56:53 PM
    Low-light photography is a strength, he says. I wonder how it compares to a Nokia Lumia phone.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:57:02 PM
    I also wonder who makes this.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:57:16 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:57:16 PM
    It features a physical button that launches the camera, similar to many Windows Phone devices.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:57:19 PM
    Hallelujah! I'm a sucker for a physical camera shutter button.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:57:34 PM
    The phone comes with unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:57:37 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:57:42 PM
    There we go: Amazon cloud storage for photos is the first Amazon service that Bezos is tying in.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:57:52 PM
    The phone has dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround sound.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:57:54 PM
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:58:09 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:58:40 PM
    The phone will come with stay-flat cables with premium earbuds.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:58:46 PM
    Okay, on to the services side of things.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:58:47 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:58:49 PM
    With these specs, I'm no longer thinking this is going to be a "cheap" handset.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:59:01 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:59:11 PM
    We have made video awesome on this phone, Bezos boasts.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:59:21 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:59:27 PM
    Here we go with more of Amazon's integrated services...I'm guessing some sort of streaming Prime handoff for video.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:59:39 PM
    From the front, the phone looks a little like a bigger iPhone.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:59:42 PM
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:59:56 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:00:12 PM
    People are going to love video on this phone, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:00:26 PM
    Second Screen and X-Ray will be on the Fire Phone too.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:00:40 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:00:44 PM
    You can fling video to your Kindle Fire TV or other Miracast-enabled device.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 6:00:51 PM
    Link-in with Miracast means you can use the Fire Phone as a second screen -- good, logical tie-in.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:00:56 PM
    ASAP will be coming to Fire Phone.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:01:04 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:01:13 PM
    ASAP predicts what you want to screen and pre-buffer the video, so it begins immediately.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:01:21 PM
    Netflix, HBO Go, ESPN, will all be on it.
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