Amazon plans June 18 event, with 3D smartphone likely

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Amazon's 3D phone teaser Amazon’s long-rumored 3D smartphone is looking very much like a reality, with the retail giant teasing an event in Seattle for June 18, along with a Twitter picture that looks an awful lot like a phone.

The company also released a video teaser, featuring various people looking at an unseen device:

Amazon, despite years of rumors, has never before released a self-branded smartphone, although the company has branched further into gadget hardware in recent years, first with the Kindle, then the Kindle Fire tablet, and more recently with the Fire TV streaming box.

A Wall Street Journal report in April stated that Amazon was working on a 3D smartphone for release by year’s end, with developers getting an early look:

The 3-D screen technology can sense the movement of a person’s eyes and whether the screen is moving closer to a user’s face, according to people familiar with the matter. In response, the phone will be able to automatically zoom into images as it moves closer to a user’s face and could manipulate text and images as a person moves the phone.

An Amazon smartphone has been rumored from as far back as five years ago.

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