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.
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.