Amazon announces new 'Fire' smartphone

Amazon announces new 'Fire' smartphone

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the company’s first smartphone, the ‘Fire Phone’ in Seattle on Wednesday. (Source: CNN) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the company’s first smartphone, the ‘Fire Phone’ in Seattle on Wednesday. (Source: CNN)

SEATTLE (CNN/RNN) – Amazon entered the smartphone business with a splash Wednesday.

The retail giant unveiled its first mobile device, called "Fire Phone."

"Fire Phone puts everything you love about Amazon in the palm of your hand - instant access to Amazon's vast content ecosystem and exclusive features like the Mayday button, ASAP, Second Screen, X-Ray, free unlimited photo storage, and more," Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a press release.

The device is a high-end, 3-D smartphone, with a 13 megapixel camera, a lightning-fast processor and two gigabytes of RAM, along with other bells and whistles.

The phone will have a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass display with an HD-resolution, or 720p screen.

The device will also come with one free year of Amazon Prime, the subscription service provided by Amazon.

The Fire Phone will cost $199 for 32GB with a two-year contract. For now, it will be exclusively available on AT&T's network.

The device will also be available directly from Amazon in 32GB and 64GB versions. The phone will be available on July 25 and pre-orders begin Wednesday.

For more information on the Amazon Fire, check out the official press release from Amazon.

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