Amazon unveils the long-awaited 'Fire Phone' smartphone

Amazon finally unveils the Fire Phone smartphone, marking the company's first device, aiming to compete with the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy devices.

Published Wed, Jun 18 2014 1:18 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

Popular e-tailer Amazon today officially launched the Fire Phone, marking the company's first foray into a very competitive smartphone market.

Amazon unveils the long-awaited 'Fire Phone' smartphone | TweakTown.com

The Fire Phone has a 4.7-inch screen, 2.2GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 12-megapixel camera. Safely enclosed with a rubberized frame and featuring anodized aluminum buttons, Amazon chose Gorilla Glass 3 to help protect the screen from scratches and potential cracks.

"The phone is gorgeous," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, during the press event. "I can't wait for you to get your hands-on it. Premium materials, rubberized frame. Gorilla Glass on both sides."

The phone will also ship with earbuds that have flat cables and magnetic earbuds, so the cords won't tangle. Even though the phone's hardware isn't the most powerful and doesn't provide the highest resolution, Amazon said the Fire Phone has been optimized for one-handed use.

Amazon continues to expand its own hardware, the Fire Phone will join the likes of the Kindle Fire tablets and Fire TV set-top box.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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