Amazon’s Smartphone To Use Pixart’s CMOS Image Sensors, Q2 Mass Production (Report)
After what seemed an eternity of vague rumors, the fabled Amazon smartphone seems to be getting closer to the finish line. During these past several weeks, the handset in question has been rumored on numerous occasions, and some of these fresh rumors have further “confirmed” the previous speculations suggesting that the device will make use of a new 3D display and unique gesture-based controls. The idea behind this new technology relies heavily on the presence of four additional cameras, each one fitted at opposite corners on the front panel.
In any case, today we bring you more news regarding Amazon’s smartphone, as a fresh report is indicating that the device will use Pixart’s CMOS image sensors. More details after the break.
Amazon’s Smartphone to use Pixart’s CMOS Image Sensors
Pixart Technologies has been around since 1998, and the company in question specializes in the manufacturing of image sensors, IC design and more. Unsurprisingly, the company also produces CMOS image sensors for smartphones, and as some of you might recall, not too long ago Pantech has partnered up with Pixart, as the Vega LTE-A (IM-A880S) features PixArt’s latest gesture recognition sensor.
But getting back to the matter at hand, the latest rumors coming from the Chinese media are suggesting that the fabled Amazon smartphone will also take advantage of Pixart’s CMOS image sensors, and that the smartphone will enter mass production sometime in the second quarter.
The same source claims that Amazon will ship 300-to-600K smartphones in 2014, and that the company will probably order 2-to-3 million units throughout the smartphone’s life-cycle.
The device is expected to be officially announced in June, and released on the market sometime in September. Spec-wise, the handset has been rumored to boast 4G capabilities, and a Snapdragon 801 SoC under the hood.
We couldn’t find any demo of the aforementioned CMOS sensors, but the manufacturer has released a video showing its latest gesture recognition sensor in action.
We’ll continue to keep an eye out on Amazon and our sources, so stick around for more.