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Amazon phone to be US exclusive, suggests report

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The upcoming Amazon phone could exclusive to American network AT&T come launch.

A new report suggests that Amazon has a special relationship with AT&T in the US, which will become the sole stockist for the unusual handset.

Although there are murmurings you’ll still be able to get the Amazon phone SIM-free from the Amazon online store, it looks like there’s a possibility AT&T could be the only network able to offer the device on a contract.

This report comes from The Wall Street Journal’s insider sources, and it wouldn’t be the first time a manufacturer has signed a partnership with AT&T to launch a flagship device.

For example, Nokia launched the Lumia brand in the US with the network, and has continued to bring its flagships to the US with a limited AT&T exclusivity.

It could well be that AT&T is the exclusive US partner and Amazon has chosen to launch its first phone with a single carrier in the UK as well.

We won’t have long to wait to get the official downlow on exclusivity on the Amazon phone, as Amazon is scheduled to launch the phone tomorrow, June 18 at a special event.

The Amazon phone is expected to offer a unique 3D effect user interface experience when it launches, created by the placement of four infrared cameras in the front corners of the device.

Attempting to set it apart from the competition like the HTC One M8 or Samsung Galaxy S5, this 3D UI should allow users to view previously unseen menus and taskbars by tilting the Amazon phone in various directions.

Apparently all this has been made possible thanks to Omron’s Okao Vision 3D face sensing technology that tracks your head as it moves. The Amazon phone should use a standard LCD screen, but those cameras combined with an internal gyroscope and accelerometer make it all happen.

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Via: The Verge

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