Amazon is Unveiling a New Device on June 18th


Kindle Phone

Amazon has placed an interesting banner at the top of their homepage.

The banner says, “Want an invite to our new device unveiling?” It includes a link to request an invitation to the launch event in Seattle, Washington on June 18th, 2014.

The event is open to Amazon customers, developers, and journalists. It’s rather unusual to invite regular folks to a product launch event, but Amazon is doing just that.

I’d like to think that a new large-screen Kindle ebook reader is going to be released, but that’s unlikely to happen. It’s pretty obvious that Amazon is going to release a smartphone, likely with the same Kindle or Fire branding as their ereaders and TV box.

There’s a video included over on the invitation page (embedded below). It doesn’t actually show the product, just people saying how great it is, but it’s pretty obvious they are holding a handheld device in the video and are talking about the rumored 3D user interface that uses front-facing sensors to track eye movement.

Supposedly the phone’s 3D interface moves as the user’s eyes move, as you tilt your head around from side-to-side and back-and-forth. The phone can even be controlled by tilting the device in different directions.

Other leaked details suggest Amazon’s phone will have a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and 2GB of RAM. Guess we’ll have to wait two more weeks to know for sure…

3 Responses to “Amazon is Unveiling a New Device on June 18th”

  1. Oh, if only Amazon would release that large-format Kindle… The one device I would preorder as soon as they show me the 1-click buy button.

  2. Yeah, I was wondering if it was a new kindle, perhaps a larger format. I would perhaps pre order as well. The only reason I believe it may be a new ereader is the kindle paperwhite isn’t on a Father’s day sale. I realize that the 18th is after Father’s day but Amazon isn’t making as big a deal out of that day as they did with Mother’s day.

  3. technotreegrass June 6, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    As much as I adore my 1st gen Paperwhite, I would gladly trade it in for a 8-10″ screen Paperwhite, especially if it had better PDF support. If it’s anything else, I doubt it’ll get my attention for very long.