First pictures of Amazon's smartphone are released

Amazon smartphone

Following a series of rumours and leaks the first ever images of Amazon's upcoming smartphone have been published by BGR.

The smartphone which looks like a cross between and iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phone will allegedly feature six camera modules, four of which will be used to create a 'floating screen' affect according to the Daily Mail.

The front-facing cameras will track the user's head and retina movement to make images appear to be coming out of the screen much like a hologram.

Boy Genius Report, a tech blogging website, have been testing the smartphone for a number of weeks, but the handset was hidden from prying eyes by a case that meant BGR and no one else for that matter had a single clue what the phone looked like until now.

Of the phones design they said: "As can be seen in this new image published exclusively by BGR, Amazon’s phone will feature an overall look that is similar to many full touch smartphones currently on the market."

They're not far wrong with that statement; the phone's front has a very similar look to Samsung's old Galaxy S2 and has the rear of a Google Nexus device. It sports the same all black fascia as the S2 with a rectangular home button at the bottom, the back appears to be made of a single piece of glass just like the Nexus 4 and 5. Amazon's phone also looks to have adopted the chamfered edge design around the front display that is prominent in the iPhone 5 and 5S.

BGR have said that despite the image only being a render they have had multiple trusted sources confirm that it is actually the final handset design.

As we reported a few weeks ago Amazon's smartphone is set to feature a 4.7-inch display with 720p HD resolution, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and six individual camera modules to enable the holographic 3D effect to work.

The handset's operating system is believed to be a highly modified version of the Android OS very similar to what is already running on Amazon's range of tablets the Kindle Fire.

It is understood that Amazon will reveal the brand new handset at some point in June, and then it will go on sale in September at exactly the same time as Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 6. It's quite a brave move going head-to-head with a smartphone that has dominated much of the industry for the past seven years, clearly Amazon think their device has what it takes to compete with the market's big boys.