Amazon is gearing up to finally launch its first Kindle smartphone during the first half of 2014. That’s according to supply chain sources who claim the retail giant has recently struck a deal with Primax Electronics to secure its compact camera modules (CCMs) for the new device.
The new smartphone will feature “floating touch technology,” the sources claim, and each will be equipped with six CCMs for sensing — more than 50% of which will be supplied by Primax, DigiTimes reports. The sources haven’t provided any other details about the handset’s specifications, but they say Amazon is preparing to launch it during the first half of 2014.
Recent rumors have claimed that Amazon’s first Kindle smartphone could boast a glasses-free 3D display, which will use multiple front-facing cameras to detect its user’s head movements and adjust its interface accordingly, giving a 3D effect. This could explain why each device will carry so many CCMs.
The Kindle smartphone is also expected to feature other cutting-edge specifications, but with an affordable price tag — much like Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets.
It’s worth noting, however, that this particular rumor comes from DigiTimes, whose supply chain sources don’t always report the most accurate information. Be sure to take it with a pinch of salt until you hear something official from Amazon, then.