US-based firm's handset has a new feature called 'Firefly', which can identify things like books, games, CDs etc by pointing camera at them. It can also capture songs or TV programmes and give the user options to purchase them.

Besides, the phone will also have cloud storage, Amazon Web Services, for photos and also includes free downloading of over a million songs.

The handset, which has been in development for the last few years, has finally seen the light of day with the launch event in Seattle late last night.

The device has a 4.7-inch screen, quadcore 2.2 GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear and 2.1MP front camera and photo storage in cloud. The 32GB version will be available for USD 199 with a two-year contract, while the 64GB model will be priced at USD 299 with a two-year contract.

The smartphone will start shipping from July 25, available exclusively in partnership with telecom partner AT&T. No plans of launch in other countries were disclosed.

Amazon connects the device to its expansive online store. For example, if the user clicks a photo of a book title, the device will show where they can buy it. Similarly, if they are listening to a song playing in the background, it will direct them to that tune on Amazon.

The Firefly feature also lets users snap bar codes, phone numbers and more.

Though the screen is smaller than the popular five-inch devices and phablets (six-inch), Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos termed the screen size ideal for one-handed use.

"Fire Phone puts everything you love about Amazon in the palm of your hand—instant access to Amazon's vast content ecosystem and exclusive features like the Mayday button, ASAP, Second Screen, X-Ray, free unlimited photo storage, and more," Bezos, who founded Amazon in 1994, said.

The Firefly button lets users identify printed web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, artwork, and over 100 million items, including songs, movies, TV shows and products.

The phone is also equipped with a new sensor system - Dynamic Perspective - that recognizes where a user's head is relative to the device. By adding a unique 3D feature, this helps in offering more and more immersive experience to users.

Amazon started working on this feature about four years ago. Amazon launched its first gadget Kindle e-reader in 2007. Although many devices have followed since then but Kindle remains one of the most popular e-book readers in the market. The company launched Kindle Fire tablets in 2011, while in April this year, it released its Fire TV streaming devices.

According to research firm Gartner, global sales of smartphones to end-users totalled 968 million units in 2013, an increase of 42.3 percent from 2012, driven by strong growth in markets like India and China.

Samsung was the market leader in 2013 with a market share of 31 percent, followed by Apple (15.6 percent), Huawei and LG (4.8 percent each).


Amazon Fire Phone Specifications
Size: 5.5" x 2.6" x 0.35" (139.2mm x 66.5mm x 8.9mm)
Weight: 5.64 ounces (160 grams)
Processor: 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM
Display: 4.7" HD LCD display, with 1280 x 720 resolution at 315 ppi, 590 cd/m2 brightness (typical), 1000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
Cameras: 13 MP rear-facing camera, multi-frame HDR, auto focus, optical image stabilization, f/2.0 5-element wide aperture lens, LED flash 2.1 MP front-facing camera
OS: Fire OS 3.5.0
Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content, and photos taken with Fire phone
Battery: Battery size: 2400mAh. Talk time: up to 22 hours; standby time: up to 285 hours. Video playback: up to 11 hours; audio playback: up to 65 hours.
Video recording: 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps (front- and rear-facing cameras)
Audio playback: Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio processing
TV and Video: Supports screen mirroring and Second Screen
Content formats supported: Audio: Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, PCM/WAVE, AAC LC/ELD, HE-AAC (v1 & v2), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AMR-WB+, Audible Enhanced format (AAX); Video: MPEG4, VP8, H.264/MPEG4/AVC,MPEG4 SP, H.263,AVI,HDCP2.x, PlayReady DRM; Images: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, GIF87a,GIF89a; Viewable docs: PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT
Sensors: Dynamic Perspective sensor system with invisible infrared illumination, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Location: GPS, Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi/Cellular location, and Digital compass