Good gawd, it’s the rumour that just won’t go away. I speak, of course, of the Amazon smartphone, an entirely unofficial device that has had rumour tongues wagging for something silly like two-and-a-half years now.
If the latest whispers are to be believed, Team Bezos could put us out of our misery with an Amazon smartphone launch in June, and a release at, er, some point in the ensuing months.
That’s the story over on The Wall Street Journal, with credit going to “people briefed on the company's plans”.
Those people say the Amazon smartphone launch will go down “by the end of June”, with “shipping” (presumably to customers) “by the end of September”.
Again we’re hearing that Amazon smartphone specs will include four front-facing cameras with retina-tracking technology, and here we’re told that they’ll work to “make some images appear to be 3-D, similar to a hologram”. Princess Leia, anyone?
WSJ doesn’t care to relay further Amazon smartphone specs, but previously we’ve been told to expect a 4.7in display (300-320PPI), plastic body, 13MP Sony-built rear camera, Primax secondary cameras, and a battery around 2,000-2,400mAh.
It’s widely accepted that Amazon is working on a smartphone, though the only time Team Bezos has spoken up was to deny a suggestion last year that the Amazon smartphone would arrive in 2013 and possibly be free for Prime subscribers. Bad Jessica Lessin.