Ah, Amazon smartphone rumours. Will they ever end? No. No, they will not. Not until the bloody thing is announced.
Fortunately, rumour has it the Amazon smartphone might arrive in as little as three months’ time, and again we’re hearing that it’ll have four extra camera sensors on the front with the gesture control and what not.
Credit here goes to Boy Genius Report, which relays speech bubbles from the mouth of KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
“We predict Amazon (US) will launch its own brand smartphone in 3-6 months, using the same hardware strategy as used for its e-reader and tablet,” blurts MCK in a note to investors.
That “hardware strategy” being the sale of devices for little or no profit, with a reliance upon the subsequent purchase of tons of Amazon content, be it music or eBooks or whatever.
“The key feature of the smartphone, we believe, will be the six cameras,” Kuo continues. “Aside from the main camera, which is used to take pictures, and the sub camera, used for video conferencing (these are both found in all smartphones), we think the other four cameras will be used for gesture control, allowing users to operate the smartphone without touching the touch panel.”
We’re assuming Kuo has had some independent corroboration of that notion, and that he isn’t just rehashing this rumour from October 2013.
As for other Amazon smartphone specs, it’ll supposedly have a 4.7in display (300-320PPI), a plastic body, 13MP rear Sony-built camera, Primax secondary cameras, and a battery in the region of 2,000-2,400mAh.
All in all, Kuo reckons the Amazon smartphone has the “potential to garner a positive market reaction”. Convinced?