Six Cameras and Gesture Input May be Amazon's Smartphone USP

By Gary Cutlack on at

A tech industry analyst who has form for getting things right when projecting what the tech giants are planning to launch has outlined his thoughts on Amazon's future smartphone, suggesting it might be a surprisingly high-end model with SIX separate cameras to enable some sort of gesture input.

The suggestions from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which mostly tally with previous reports, are that Amazon's smartphone will launch within the next three to six months, with Kuo speculating: "Aside from the main camera, which is used to take pictures, and the sub camera, used for video conferencing (these are both found in all smartphones), we think the other four cameras will be used for gesture control, allowing users to operate the smartphone without touching the touch panel."

And rather than being a cheap model designed to be given away free when you order 48 Mars bars through Amazon Prime, it could be a surprisingly powerful thing, with Kuo believing it'll arrive with a 4.7-inch display and powered by the cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, with a 12-Megapixel Sony sensor used to run the main snapper. So forget about it being £99, too. [BGR]