Amazon's six camera 3D smartphone leaks

Amazon has been rumored to be launching a phone for a couple of years but now a pic of what is reportedly the device has leaked. The phone, which sports 5, yes 5 front facing cameras, can be seen in the image above and there is a camera on the back of the device too.

The cameras are located in each of the corners and you can clearly see them in the image above and one in the center of the device for video calls. The corner cameras are supposedly to help out with the 3D visual effects that will be the crowning feature of the device.

The black plastic cladding you see on the device is a protective shell and once removed, the phone looks like many other modern smartphones. The device pictured is one of two devices the company will reportedly launch in the very near future; the above device will be a higher end model the device not pictured will be a lower-end model.

The higher end device is said to have a 4.7in screen with a 720P display and will be run by a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. But the real features will be the glasses-free 3D interface that utilizes the multiple front cameras to create the effects.

The corner cameras are infrared cameras that can track your face and eyes so that the display can adjust to the location of your eyes to create the best visual effects.

The device will supposedly be announced in the next 2-3 months.

Source: BGR

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Interesting, Amazon has better brand awareness than Windows Phone and high end Windows Phones are not selling very well. I see quite a lot of market overlap here and I wonder how this will play out.

Will the first smartphone for many people be a Windows Phone or an Amazon phone?

derekaw said,
Interesting, Amazon has better brand awareness than Windows Phone and high end Windows Phones are not selling very well. I see quite a lot of market overlap here and I wonder how this will play out.

Will the first smartphone for many people be a Windows Phone or an Amazon phone?

I'm just wondering here, will the 'MS is too late to the game' crowd turn on amazon in the same way? Because they are very very late to the game..............But this will run android I suppose, so its not the same thing in any way, you know with MS making an OS and not a phone.

From what I see I'm no fan, but come on man it says in the article the phone has a case on it so that we cant see the phone......

If they want to be special they need to have a nice HD front facing camera. Everyone on Facebook is ALWAYS posting these really ###### looking selfies Facebook every hour.Because the front camera the people take selfies with is usually only 1 or 2 mega pixels. It's terrible.

Skwerl said,
I love knowing that I'm not missing a thing by not using Facebook.

People posting selfies, which you can easily just not friend with (or block if you want) doesn't really equate to the whole experience, its possible that other stuff happens and you may still be missing something, also possible that your not, jus sayin

Rudy said,
I'm sorry but I won't even consider buying a phone with less than 8 cameras :/

8 cameras minimum for next gen phones! I mean WTF we're on next gen now, it should be expected right ;)

Did you read the article?

"The corner cameras are supposedly to help out with the 3D visual effects that will be the crowning feature of the device." and "The corner cameras are infrared cameras that can track your face and eyes so that the display can adjust to the location of your eyes to create the best visual effects."

Still a waste but it's all there. :p Seems a bit gimmicky but I'm willing for Amazon to prove me wrong.

Of course I read the article. Surely this sort of thing can be done with 1 or 2 cameras. The 3DS has 3D effects with zero cameras. Kinect can map your body with one camera and a couple sensors. Requiring 6 is straight up bad engineering.

Regardless, I'm sure people would rather have the ability to take 3D or re-focusable pictures using a camera array rather than this 3D effect which will probably give people headaches.

Well what if 2 outof those 4 cameras are covered by your hands and fingers? Ah didn't think of that now did you! There is no forcing of the direction as it is on a 3DS, hence 4 cameras makes perfect sense!

Astra.Xtreme said,
Kinect can map your body with one camera and a couple sensors. Requiring 6 is straight up bad engineering.
Except Kinect is only placed one way on top of furniture whereas your phone can be rotated. And one is on the back, so there are only actually 5 cameras, 4 of which are supposed to be infrared cameras. They'd need 3 to properly support horizontal and landscape orientations, so they only actually have one extra camera.

Why would orientation require more cameras? A camera has a simple field of view and there's nothing more to it than that. I can take a picture with my camera at any angle or orientation and it doesn't care.

I admit that fitting a Kinect in a body that small would be Amazing Engineering but thats not what this is about. It's about creating a 3D effect in your brain with the cunning use of IR cameras and Eye postioning.

If You are engaged in a "3D" game with thumbs hitting things on the lower corners of this device only two IR cameras would be able to track the Eyes exact position both distance and angle meaning You could peak around corners etc. in the game by tilting your head or the device without destroying the 3D effect.

It sounds like there's a lot of confusion about the technology here, a lack of information, and articles that really don't have enough source material to describe what's happening, what the intent is, and why it was built the way it was.

So in other words, come to rushed conclusions, decide in advance whether you like/hate it, call it brilliant/stupid, and start upvoting the people who agree with you and reporting the people who don't.

Joshie said,
It sounds like there's a lot of confusion about the technology here, a lack of information, and articles that really don't have enough source material to describe what's happening, what the intent is, and why it was built the way it was.

So in other words, come to rushed conclusions, decide in advance whether you like/hate it, call it brilliant/stupid, and start upvoting the people who agree with you and reporting the people who don't.

Errr... were did this response come from?

3DS uses Autostereoscopy, while it doesn't need glasses it does have a fixed field of view for the 3D effect to work, i.e. you have to be facing it straight on, any slight deviation causes it to blur, when using the 3DS on the train i had to turn 3D off as the slight jostling caused it to blur up all the time.

Kinnect works well but requires a longer field of vision, kinnect wouldn't work at the same distance the average phone is held.

REM2000 said,
3DS uses Autostereoscopy, while it doesn't need glasses it does have a fixed field of view for the 3D effect to work, i.e. you have to be facing it straight on, any slight deviation causes it to blur, when using the 3DS on the train i had to turn 3D off as the slight jostling caused it to blur up all the time.

Kinnect works well but requires a longer field of vision, kinnect wouldn't work at the same distance the average phone is held.

Right, but my point was that Kinect can collect a ton of data with extreme precision with very few sensors. The true work is being done in the software. Tracking a face at close proximity should be exponentially easier. Even digital cameras have been able to detect eyes and when people blink for years now. To me, this Amazon phone looks like it's over-complicating something that could be done much easier with less hardware, thus being priced cheaper. For a feature that basically has no market demand (gimmick), it's going to add a highly unnecessary cost.

Joshie said,
It sounds like there's a lot of confusion about the technology here, a lack of information, and articles that really don't have enough source material to describe what's happening, what the intent is, and why it was built the way it was.

So in other words, come to rushed conclusions, decide in advance whether you like/hate it, call it brilliant/stupid, and start upvoting the people who agree with you and reporting the people who don't.

Wow, just WOW! using logic and sensible judgement on the internet ey? BE gone with you, and take your 'none fanboy' ideals with you, pah! ;)

Astra.Xtreme said,
Why would orientation require more cameras? A camera has a simple field of view and there's nothing more to it than that. I can take a picture with my camera at any angle or orientation and it doesn't care.
For 3D it matters.

Take a paper and hold it flat in front of you (parallel to the ground). Now close one eye and switch back and forth. You'll see very little difference.

Now rotate that paper so that it's tall-wise instead of flat (parallel to the walls left and right of you), and shut one of your eyes at a time. You'll see the paper in 3D, different sides of the paper with each eye you look through.

Yeah it does matter.

Pluto is a Planet said,
For 3D it matters.

Take a paper and hold it flat in front of you (parallel to the ground). Now close one eye and switch back and forth. You'll see very little difference.

Now rotate that paper so that it's tall-wise instead of flat (parallel to the walls left and right of you), and shut one of your eyes at a time. You'll see the paper in 3D, different sides of the paper with each eye you look through.

Yeah it does matter.

That actually doesn't make any sense. Every angle would look "3D" if you were zoomed in enough. Every object in existence has 3 dimensions, so again, orientation does not matter.

Astra.Xtreme said,

That actually doesn't make any sense. Every angle would look "3D" if you were zoomed in enough. Every object in existence has 3 dimensions, so again, orientation does not matter.

Except 2 cameras can't record the 3D shape of something at every angle. Think about what would happen if you were to watch this sideways (and notice how the corresponding blue and red pixels never appear higher than each other): https://www.youtube.com/watch?...9rr78Q&feature=html5_3d

That's why you need more than 2 cameras for a 3D camera that can (and will) be rotated. Unless you really want parallax when you watch the videos recorded in landscape (since the 2 cameras can't rotate with the phone).

As can be seen in the images, the device is covered by a protective shell intended to prevent people without authorization from seeing the physical design of the phone. Some areas of the photos have also been blocked or otherwise obscured by BGR.

It's somewhat hard to tell.

Wow that was fast, Im sure this phone will probably be a bust. Gimmicks like this don't really last too long. Looking forward to see what else it has up its sleeves tho, always interesting to see what other try to do to get ahead of the game. Its pretty damn ugly right now tho.