Amazon launched the Fire Phone last year to pretty bad reviews, but Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has reinforced fans and smartphone enthusiasts that the failed attempt at a smartphone did not make the company drop their new endeavor. According to Bezos, the Amazon Fire Phone 2 release date will land in the first few weeks of 2016, which means we still have a while to wait until we get our hands on the new phone. In the meantime, Amazon has been working hard on its own skin for Android and has released a preview of Fire OS 5 for developers. The final version of Fire OS 5 will be made available in the fall, and it’s probably the OS that the Amazon Fire Phone 2 will run on out of the box.
Although details about the Amazon Fire Phone 2 are scarce, we’ve received an email from an individual who claims to be a company insider, detailing a few of the specs that the Amazon Fire Phone 2 will boast with upon launch. While there’s no confirmation from the retailer that the information this individual has given us is real, we would be wrong not to share it with you guys. Although a failed attempt at a smartphone and an utter disappointment in the bang for buck department, many people recognize the potential of the Amazon Fire Phone and are looking forward to seeing the successor as soon as possible.
Below this article, you will find the quoted text from the email that we got, but before reading that, we will sum things up for you and add our own speculation about what the Amazon Fire Phone 2 specs will look like. Note that we can’t talk about design, as no renders or concepts have been released to the public. Still, we can assume what the Amazon Fire Phone 2 will look like based on the company’s record with Kindle readers and Tablets, as well as based on current design elements that are popular among smartphone enthusiasts.
First off, the Amazon Fire Phone 2 will most likely sport a polycarbonate design and a 3D compatible display, similar to its predecessor (which is discounted to $179 at the moment, by the way). Amazon might take a page from the Sharp book of design and employ thin bezels on the sides of the phone, similar to the Sharp Aquos Crystal and Sharp Aquos Crystal X. Alternatively, the company might go for a more premium design and bring up the price of the phone with a metal body or at least a metal frame. But design is irrelevant right now, as most people are much more interested in specs and UI.
As such, rumor has it that the Amazon Fire Phone 2, while running on Fire OS 5, will still have a Google Play Store that you can browse, because feedback from Fire Phone users proved to be quite critical of the Amazon app store. Although dumping the Amazon app store from the Fire Phone 2 is a risky move, fans would appreciate at least the possibility of using the Google Play Store to get their apps in line. Fire OS 5 is looking great, and the fact that it’s based on Lollipop does help with its user interface and app compatibility issues that have been noticed with the original smartphone.
The Amazon Fire Phone 2 will sport a slightly larger 5 inch display with a 1080p resolution, equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 3D Dynamic Perspective UI (which includes two pairs of front cameras) and a lot of gesture and accessibility functions embedded in the user interface. The higher resolution and bigger screen already make the Fire Phone 2 a more appealing device. Seeing as studies have pointed out that the 5-inch display is most popular among users, it would be a sensible choice on the part of Amazon as well.
Moving on to what’s under the hood, Amazon will go for the Snapdragon 810 CPU, according to our sources, backed by 3 GB RAM and either 32 or 64 GB internal storage. There won’t be a removable battery, nor a microSD card slot, but there might be a bigger storage option involving 128 GB of internal memory. The Fire Phone 2 camera will also receive an update to a 21 MP sensor with optical image stabilization, laser autofocus and dual LED flash, as well as 4K recording and a 5 MP front camera with HD recording and HDR enabled.
Although these specs sound pretty neat, Amazon has to put the right price on the Amazon Fire Phone 2. Seeing as the $600 price the Fire Phone was originally launched at was a complete bust (lowered to $200 in a matter of days), the company can only manage that price if the phone is actually good and user-friendly. We would suspect the Fire Phone 2 price to be at about $400, with the specs which we mentioned above, but it could be slightly more expensive if the Google Play Store would be included and more features would be added to the phone.
The Amazon Fire Phone 2 is definitely confirmed for 2016, but its specs remain a mystery. Even though the specs list that we have published sounds pretty neat, there’s no guarantee that these will actually be featured in the Amazon Fire Phone 2, so take them with a grain of salt. Below, you can find the brief email quote that we received. You tell us: is there any truth in it?
Fire Phone 2: 1080p 5 inch display, with repeated features. Snapdragon 810, 128 GB a possibility, 3 gigs of RAM. Google Play Store finally.