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Amazon ‘Project Aria’ smartphone to arrive this year

The Amazon smartphone could launch this year and be fairly cheap, according to some leaked documents.

A new report has suggested that Amazon’s so-called “Project Aria” smartphone will be launched sometime this year and will cost “a fraction” of the iPhone 6 price.

According to a leaked internal Amazon document obtained by The Information, Amazon is prepping its Project Aria smartphone for launch in Europe, American and China and possibly Latin America as well.

The document, which supposedly is made by a potential partner and two others in discussions with Amazon, also suggested Amazon is “determined” to “keep the phone at a small fraction of the iPhone’s $550-and-up price tag.”

Currently, it isn’t clear whether Amazon will launch the smartphone as part of its Kindle device line. The company was said to be “in talks” with “multiple hardware partners” about the smartphone previously, but this may not be the final direction Amazon decides to take.

The Amazon smartphone is tipped to feature a 5-inch HD display with a plastic back cover. It is also said to offer 16GB of storage as standard.

Earlier rumours suggested Amazon was working on a duo of smartphone models, one high-end and one mid-range to suit more cost-conscious consumers.

The document seems to relate to the cheaper Project Aria model, but the high-end flagship may well be the one to entice consumers.

It is tipped to offer four in-built cameras that are capable of offering 3D eye detection and facial recognition.

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