Amazon expected to unveil smartphone with face-tracking on June 18

An alleged spyshot of Amazon's new phone.

An alleged spyshot of Amazon’s new phone.

Rumors of an Amazon smartphone have been circulating for a long time, but now it looks like the device will finally be shown to the world this month.

Amazon has announced a launch event for a “new device” on June 18th, and it’s probably a phone. Some kind of fancy 3D technology is rumored to be its main selling point, and Amazon has a teaser video that strongly suggest that will be the case.

Amazon expected to unveil smartphone with face-tracking on June 18

3D eye-tracking sensors are expected to minimize the need to touch the device’s 4.7-inch screen at all. A recent report from Re/code said that “one advantage of this display will supposedly be that the phone can be moved from right to left to navigate, so a user can interact with the interface with only one hand.”

Amazon is incredibly late to the smartphone game, and companies like Samsung have already experimented with eye-tracking technology to no commercial success. Maybe Amazon will be the first one to get facial recognition right in a phone.

We’ll find out on June 18th.

  • Arnold Ziffel

    So, Bilderberger Bezos has made himself a new toy to sell to his brain-dead Amazon followers, priced just so they make nary a nickel from it.

  • digitaldumdum

    “An alleged spy-shot of Amazon’s new phone.”

    The second word is all you need to read… in order to read no further.

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