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Video Hints at Smartphone with a 3D Display from Amazon

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Long running rumours that Amazon is working on a smartphone with some sort of 3D display or even a hologram gained a boost, after Amazon itself posted a video suggesting the same thing.

Without showing the device itself, the video posted onto Amazon's own official YouTube channel shows people moving their heads as they play with the unseen device in a manner that would suggest they are playing with something offering a 3D display.

Although details are scarce at the moment, the top rumour is that the device would use some form of eyeball tracking software -- which is already a routine product in some industries -- to adapt the phone image so that objects appear to float above the screen.

This does away with the need for special glasses, or brightness dimming filters that some 3D screens have used.

The handset is also believed to have a 4.7-inch display with 720p HD resolution, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and six individual camera modules to make the 3D effect work.

It will also run an Amazon designed version of the Android OS, much as the company's Kindle tablets do. That does however lock users into the Amazon app store, which doesn't carry the same range of apps as Google Play. Then again, if the Amazon smartphone takes off, then app developers will see the benefits of porting apps to the Amazon store as well.

Amazon is hosting a press event at the end of this month, and the current expectation is that the smartphone would go on sale in September -- pitching it in a direct fight with the expected iPhone 6 from Apple.

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