Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked

E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to release its own smartphone after years of development. Pictures of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked on Tuesday by technology publication BGR. The photos, along with other reports and leaks, suggest that the phone could roll out as early as this summer.

Depending on which publication you believe -- Amazon has yet to provide any official information -- the 3D interface will either be a major or a minor part of the handset. One sector of the consumer electronics industry indicates that the smartphone will utilize four infrared cameras to provide a responsive 3D display, while others claim that the technology is still very limited in its functionality.

Simulated, Not Real

No matter which source you rely on for information, all of them agree that there will be some interesting features included in AmazonEUs smartphone. The leaked photos also back this up as they show five cameras on the front of the handset, four of which are expected to track either head or eye movement.

Though it is widely reported that the tracking capability will be used to provide a 3D interface, it is important to differentiate between real and simulated 3D. It appears the display itself won't project an image so that it is actually 3D. Rather, the feature has more in common with the parallax functionality in Apple's iOS 7 than a 3D TV, according to sources who have spoken to TechCrunch.

One of the main issues that Amazon will have to consider -- if it is indeed working on the 3D interface -- is whether or not users will like it. People criticized the parallax feature introduced by Apple with iOS 7 because it made some users nauseous. AmazonEUs smartphone could cause the same thing to happen.

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