Ralph de la Vega, left, President and CEO of AT&T Mobility, accepts a gift from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, right, of what Bezos said is the first Amazon Fire Phone off the assembly line at the launch event for the new smartphone, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle.
Photo by Ted S. Warren/AP

Amazon introduces 3-D Fire Phone


As expected, Amazon introduced its smartphone, called the Fire Phone, at an event in Seattle on Wednesday.

The phone has a 4.7-inch screen, aluminum buttons and a high-definition LCD display, among other features.

As previously reported, the phone has some 3-D functionality, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called “dynamic perspective.” This allows, among other things, the user to scroll through applications (like a set of phone numbers) just by tilting the phone, rather than touching the screen.

Bezos said this is accomplished by a series of front-facing cameras that track the user’s perspective, in order to render the phone’s interface in 3-D.

The phones are priced at $199 for 32 GB, or $299 for 64 GB, with a two-year contract with AT&T, or $650 without a contract. It’s available for pre-order Wednesday, but starts shipping July 25.

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