Amazon launches shopping-ready 'Fire' phone

Thursday 19 June 2014 07.58
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Amazon.com's new 'Fire' smartphone
Amazon.com's new 'Fire' smartphone
Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos makes rare appearance in launch of new smartphone
Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos makes rare appearance in launch of new smartphone

Amazon.com's chief executive Jeff Bezos last night unveiled a new smartphone called "Fire".

The phone is equipped with a 3D-capable screen and an ability to recognise music and TV shows, hoping to stand out in a crowded field dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics. 

Bezos, in a rare media appearance, demonstrated three-dimensional display features on the 4.7-inch device, from depth perception in maps and pictures.

The phone also has the ability to shift perspectives depending on how the user tilts the screen. 

"What if there were a thousand artists standing by to redraw the picture every time you moved your head?" Bezos remarked to hundreds of Amazon customers, reporters and industry executives gathered in Seattle for the unveiling. 

The smartphone joins Amazon's "Fire" line up of tablets and streaming devices. It represents the retail giant's attempt to extend its dominance of online commerce into mobile phones, which are increasingly being used to buy items and view video.
              
The phone will start at $199.99 for a 32-gigabyte storage version with a two-year contract on AT&T in the US.