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“Amazon Blaze” is the next heart wrecker

April 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm
Amazon Blaze

Amazon Blaze

We know by now that Amazon has opened an Android app store, which prompted rumors that an Android-based Kindle may be in the works. Now it appears that the Android store may have been a precursor for something a little unexpected. Amazon is entering the smart phone business, and their entry is bound to make a stir once you get a look at “Amazon Blaze” Android phone!

Photos and specs have been leaked for a Dual-Core handset with some very impressive hardware and some rather interesting features that just make you the envy of your friends when you show this bad boy off. The Blaze will feature a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8660 processor with a 4.3-inch Mirasol display. For those unfamiliar with Mirasol, don’t feel bad the technology was only announced last year and has yet to make it into any consumer device thus far.

Qualcomm, the developer of Mirasol screens originally intended the screens for E-readers, and it may still end up there. Cell phones, though? Didn’t see that coming. Mirasol screens are essentially a color version of E-Ink, popularized by the Kindle. E-Ink is the screen technology that allows viewing in the sunlight. It is also very low-power technology, as is Mirasol. Mirasol though, can handle bright, vivid colors and full motion video for a small fraction of the power of current AMOLED screens in today’s smart phones.

If this isn’t enough for you, the Blaze will also have 512MB of memory, 5 Megapixel rear and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, NFC support and…yes…a rear-mounted solar panel for keeping the phone charged! Just imagine how this is going to stand against the battery sucker Androids all around as it already has got a very power-efficient display. If you look at the battery consumption of your Android phone you’ll know that the display consumes more than half of all the power.

The Blaze is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has HSPA+ data services and access to your Amazon and Google accounts. It’s also been rumored that Amazon will provide regular software updates to prevent fragmentation and here I predict that the Android Market will be replaced by the Amazon’s Android App store. From the advertising graphics, it appears that the Blaze will be available via AT&T and Verizon. No word on pricing but it does look like you can expect the phone in the early fall. It must be noted that this could be an April Fool’s prank by Amazon, but if it is it’s a very elaborate one.

[Android Police]

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