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Sony Nexus 5 Plus Rendered With “Android 8.0 Nutella” in Tow

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

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I suggest you follow TheTechnoToast on Deviantart, because that artists has some of the most inspired UI concepts I’ve seen. The same designer has now come up with yet another version of the Nexus 5, this time called Sony Nexus 5 Plus and said to run Android Nutella.

nexus 5 plus android nutella

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Nokia C1 Makes a Comeback, With Windows 10 Mobile and Android Alternative

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

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Nokia C1 is a bit of a mythical creature, a smartphone inspired by the Nokia N1 tablet and made by Finnish Nokia, not the piece that dissolved into Microsoft. We’re shown this device here and now it’s back to probably trouble us some more with a fake render.

Nokia-C1 rumor render november 2015

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Jupiter is Both an Android Phone and a Vaporizer for Your Smoking Needs

Friday, November 6th, 2015

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Vaping has become fashionable enough to deserve inclusion as a feature on smartphones. Turns out that a company called Vaporcade has come up with a smartphone that works as a vaporizer. The handset is dubbed Jupiter and it’s pictured below.

Vaporcade Jupiter vaping smartphone 1

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Nintendo PlayBox is an Android Phone Slash Console

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

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Since Konami has given up on all non mobile games, it’s no wonder Nintendo is steering its ship towards mobile as well. That’s why we’ve seen quite a few Nintendo concept phones lately, including the one below, created by Vlado Ivankovic from Croatia.

Nintendo PlayBox concept 1

The device has a much more generous screen than previous Nintendo phones and it doesn’t adopt a flip or clamshell design this time. The controls include 4 action buttons, a D pad, two menu buttons and what seems to be a touch area or maybe a second screen. Two speakers are integrated in the same area and a secondary camera at the bottom.

Nintendo PlayBox concept 2

There’s a main camera above the screen and considering its big size, it’s probably involved in gameplay and supports various gesture commands. The back also includes a big camera with two flashes and the format of this handset reminds me of the BlackBerry Passport, so imagine a very wide device and then add an inch or two. What do you say?

[via Behance]

2015 Android Marshmallow Concept Phone Runs on MediaTek Helio X10

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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Jonas Kvale has designed a series of very appealing concept phones, most of them related or inspired by the Nexus 5X leaks from the past months. Now he comes up with the 2015 Android Marshmallow concept, once again keeping the vibe of a new Nexus, somehow mixed with the vibe of a Nokia N1 derived handset.

2015 android marshmallow concept phone 1

This “flagship phone” as he calls it packs a MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 16 megapixel camera at the back. It also has an 8 megapixel front shooter, 64 GB of storage and stock Android 6.0 on board. There’s a fingerprint scanner integrated into the Power button and USB Type C port. The smartphone has a metal frame and plastic removable back, under which there’s a 3000 mAh battery.

2015 android marshmallow concept phone 2

Finally, this is a dual SIM phone, with a microSD card slot and a very big camera and speaker. For some reason I can’t help thinking about this being a Nokia with Android. It would also look nicer if it had a curved 2.5D screen panel on board.

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[via Behance]

Jermaine Smit Presents: Andromeda Epsilon Smartphone With Android 6.0 Marshmallow and… a Contest (Video)

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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It’s one thing to visualize a concept phone and another to actually create a startup and a crowdfunding project based on that device. Jermaine Smit did just that and designed the Andromeda Epsilon smartphone, as well as started a crowdfunding campaign.

Andromeda Epsilon concept phone 1

The newcomer runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and it comes factory unlocked, being usable on any carrier network all over the world. The handset brings a 5.2 inch Quad HD screen, 64 GB of storage, 4 GB of DDR4 RAM, a Snapdragon 820 processor, dual SIM slots, an infrared blaster and USB Type C port. There’s fast wireless charging in the mix, Quick Charging 2.0 and wireless Bluetooth earbuds bundled.

Andromeda Epsilon concept phone 3

Andromeda Epsilon also brings a 16 MP back camera, with triple LED flash and OIS 2.0, as well as biometric fingerprint rear, a 5 MP front camera and front facing stereo speakers. Dual batteries and over 15 different colors are included. The crowdfunding for the project happens on gofundme and apparently, the video below aside from detailing the smartphone, it also tells the story of the startup and promotes a contest.

Andromeda Epsilon concept phone 2

The design seems to involve a strong metal frame, a slightly curved and colorful back, made of a material I can’t exactly tell, but it’s most likely polycarbonate. This feels like a sort of more elegant Galaxy Note 4. Jermaine Smit says that he’ll give away 2 devices, as part of the contest. Be sure to watch the video!

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Andromeda Epsilon concept phone 4

[via Jermaine Smit]

Nexus 5.2 Rendered With Android Marshmallow on Board

Friday, August 28th, 2015

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Well, here’s a nice start for a concept: the designer thinks that both Nexus 2015 phones will be ugly, so he designed his own. The Nexus 5.2 concept is the creation of Deviantart member TheFreal and it’s pictured below.

Nexus 5.2 concept august 2015

This feels like a more old school smartphone, with an extra frame around the edges, that looks more like glass than metal. The format is rectangular with slightly rounded corners and we’ve got dual front speakers. The volume buttons are a bit too low to be comfy, to be honest, but the Power button is placed right where it needs to be. This doesn’t feel like an out of the ordinary render, but rather a predictable one.

It’s true that we can’t see the back or the potential maker of the phone, but this feels more like LG and less like Huawei. In the end two aspects must always be taken into account: an ergonomic and resilient case. Beauty is also important, but neglected by so many device makers today… Not everyone is Samsung after all, as they did a truly fine job with the Galaxy models this year.  I’d still like to see the back of the Nexus 5.2 before truly judging it.

[via Deviantart]

Metal Antenna Concept Envisioned for Android Devices

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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Nowadays, most of the people who complain about design traits of metallic phones usually refer to the plastic antennae. That’s why the concept made by 2-LA Design becomes interesting, offering an alternative to the usual plasticky bands.

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Huawei and Apple are two companies that are spoiling their beautiful metallic body phones with plastic. The solution proposed here involves a metal antenna, that seem to be going diagonally at the back of the phone, unless it’s placed within the edges, as I’ve seen before on other devices. For some reason, this model reminds of a HTC maybe even one before the HTC One X times…

metal antenna nexus concept 2

One may argue that a camera placed in the middle wouldn’t be comfy to use, since its angle wouldn’t cover the pictures perfectly and you’re very likely to obstruct it with your hand. After seeing Apple’s latest patents I found that the plastic antenna is not a problem anymore, because the Cupertino firm has found a way to get full signal through a metal case.

But what about Android?

[via Behance]

This Budget Phone Industrial Design Project Feels Like a Great Approach for Android One

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

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Seriously, go click Jonas Kvale’s name, since he has designed some kickass phones over the past months. He usually dabbles in Lumias and some Android models, but today the US designer is tackling budget phones. Even if they cost less, that doesn’t meant they shouldn’t be good looking, right?

Budget Android concept phone USB type c 1

Well, Jonas envisioned a budget Android smartphone with a 5 inch screen and USB Type C port, as well as a soft touch back. The back feels like it’s made of polycarbonate and the body is a bit of a wraparound affair, although I seem to spot a metal frame in the mix. This 5 incher has a slightly protruding 8 megapixel camera, with a single LED flash and its screen “dissolves” within the front panel for an edge to edge effect.

Budget Android concept phone USB type c 2

The lower part of the device reminds me a bit of an iPhone and the slight slopes of the edges make me think of an iPad. USB Type C is a feature reserved to higher end models right now and not even all of them, since the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ don’t have it for example. It will take at least one or two years till lower end handsets also adopt this type of port.

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[via Behance]

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3+ Runs Pure Android M, Has a Big Battery

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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I find it fascinating that in spite of the fact Android M has already been announced, there are very few concepts of devices running this OS. One of them is surprisingly an Alcatel model, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3+, created by Deviantart member r4yNTv.

Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Plus concept

This model feels like a Galaxy S5, at least specs-wise. It has Gorilla Glass 4 protection, a 5.1 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display and a Snapdragon 620 processor. There’s also 3 GB or 4 GB RAM inside, 32 or 64 GB of storage, LTE Category 7 and dual SIM slots. At the back there’s a 13 megapixel camera, while upfront an 8 megapixel one, both with ISOCELL technology.

The battery is a bit overkill for this diagonal, I’d say. Wireless charging is available here as well, via some sort of resonance-based technology. Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3+ measures 8.4 mm in thickness and has two front facing speakers with JBL technology. The design includes a metal frame with chamfered edges and a matte soft touch plastic cover.

The rear power button is also a fingerprint reader and this handset is water resistant.

[via Deviantart]

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