Amazon smartphone? New image says maybe so

Reportedly created by Amazon designers and snagged by Boy Genius Report, the new image shows a traditional-looking smartphone. But there may be more to it than meets the eye.

Is this Amazon's much-rumored smartphone? Boy Genius Report

We may now have our first true peek at Amazon's much-rumored smartphone.

An image obtained by Boy Genius Report shows the front and back of a smartphone with the Amazon logo. Reportedly illustrated by Amazon graphic designers for internal use, the image reveals the front of the phone with large tiles gracing the screen along with three buttons on the side. The back of the phone sports the Amazon logo and shows two speaker grilles at the bottom.

Multiple trusted sources have confirmed that the image is legit, according to BGR. If so, the image provides the first real glimpse at the phone following photos published by BGR, in which a protective housing obscured its actual appearance.

Though the phone may look conventional in the image, it reportedly will offer users a new and unique interface. As revealed by BGR last week, the phone is expected to track the position of your head through several cameras and sensors. As such, it will be able to display various 3D effects in supported apps from Amazon and third-party providers.

Amazon may also tempt smartphone buyers with a service called "Prime Data." Few details are available, but BGR's sources speculate that Prime Data could be a wireless data package offered through AT&T and tied into Amazon's existing Prime service. As such, Amazon might actually pay for the data that consumers chew up when tapping into its own services in order to encourage their use.

And what of the actual specs and features? Sources previously told BGR that the phone would offer a 4.7-inch display with 720p HD resolution, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Like Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets, the phone would be outfitted with a customized version of Android and tie into Amazon's own app store for software downloads.

CNET contacted Amazon for comment and will update the story with any further information.

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