On Friday, AT&T announced that Amazon's new Fire Phone is now available through Amazon, through AT&T's online store and at AT&T retail stores nationwide. The 32 GB model can be purchased for $199 with a two-year contract, or $27.09 per month through AT&T's Next 18 plan. The 64 GB model is $299 with a two-year contract, or $31.25 per month via the Next 18 plan.
"Fire pushes the boundaries of innovation, and is easy-to-use," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. "Amazon has a vast content ecosystem that consumers know and love. AT&T has built a reputation of offering innovative devices with great pricing options – all on the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network. Together, we're thrilled to offer a device that will be as dynamic as its name."
AT&T said that for a limited time, customers who get the Amazon phone will receive one full year of Amazon Prime free, and 1,000 Amazon Coins that are worth $10. For consumers who are already Amazon Prime customers, they will get an extra 12 months free. Amazon Prime includes Instant Video, Prime Music, and Kindle Owners' Lending Library.
Amazon's Fire Phone uses a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.2 GHz. The phone also includes a 4.7-inch LCD display with a 1280 x 720 resolution (315 ppi), 2 GB of RAM, a 13MP camera on the back and a 2.1MP camera on the front. There are also dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus auto processing, Wireless AC and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity.
The big deal with this phone is that it has a Dynamic Perspective sensor system, which consists of an IR camera at each corner of the screen. The phone also includes a gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, proximity sensor, and an ambient light sensor.
On a repairability scale, iFixit reports a 3 out of 10. After taking the phone apart, the site reports that the phone contains "tons" of cables and connectors that makes disassembly very tedious and reassembly somewhat difficult. The four IR sensors are encased in glue, meaning in order for the owner to replace one of the sensors, heating and cutting will be required. All four sensors will need to be changed if the screen needs to be replaced.