Jonas Kvale has designed a series of very appealing concept phones, most of them related or inspired by the Nexus 5Xleaks 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The leak of the day, the week and probably this year is related to Google and comes from Google itself. Apparently, you just need to access Android.com and you’ll spot a header image with a very interesting device appearing there. It may just be the Nexus 6, but is it?
In the meantime there’s a theory going around, saying that we’ll get a Nexus phone from LG and one from Huawei apparently, both with Android M. Back to the leaked model, this device looks more like a very slim Nexus 7 rather than the Nexus 5 or Nexus 6. The 6 inch Nexus hasn’t be the most successful Google flagship in the series, let’s be honest.
It’s true that we live in a world where big phablets are in high demand, but maybe it’s back to tone that down a bit. Sadly, there aren’t many details about the new Nexus phone of 2015. All we know is that this picture seems to show it with a soft touch back, that’s matte and its case seems to be made of plastic. It’s slim, but at the same time looks quite big.
I expect a 20 megapixel camera on board, a Snapdragon 820 CPU and maybe 4 GB of RAM. A good resolution here would be 5.5 inches. Nobody can guess what the name of the device will be… Maybe Nexus 5.5?
Who is the leak master? @Evleaks, that’s who and he’s got dibbs on all the leaks related to the BlackBerry Venice. The handset is widely known as the first Android-based BlackBerry unit, that should be coming this fall.
It was supposed to be a slider, but nothing is clear right now, especially from the image above. What’s clear is that we’ll be getting a very generous speaker at the bottom and that portion may or may not go on into a QWERTY sliding keyboard. The road from BB OS to Android was clear, once BlackBerry started allowing the sideloading of Android apps via APKs and also offered support for the Amazon App Store.
BlackBerry Venice was flashed a bit at MWC 2015, as a slider, but it wasn’t turned on. From what I can see, the phone is made of a solid plastic material, not metal. The display has curved edges, that are very narrow, making the handset more elegant and sleek. Will this be a hit this fall?
We’ve seen so many rumors about a BlackBerry with Android recently, so it’s time to see a visual representation of such a model. Deviantart member adrianbravom has created the concept below, a BlackBerry smartphone with Android on board.
The designer has created both the wallpaper and general lines of the concept. The format feels very familiar, if you’ve seen the BlackBerry Z10 before. Interestingly, some portions of the BB OS experience are still here, like BBM (obviously), the multitasking with live thumbnails and the look of the notification area. There are virtual Android buttons here, the typical ones, but the overall look of icons is changed from stock Lollipop.
Last I heard the first Android phone was supposed to a slider called Venice, according to leaks. Maybe we’ll see that rendered in the future. With Nokia headed to Android and BlackBerry, too, the word “monopoly” really pops into my mind…
Since we’re very close to Google I/O 2015, speculations regarding Android M have started. Some say it’s going to be called Muffin, others Marshmallow or even Android Mars. Well, today we get a render of a potential flagship to promote this new OS.
Designer Igor Silva has envisioned the Nexus X smartphone pictured below. This is a 5.2 inch Quad HD smartphone with 3 GB of RAM and a 16 megapixel back camera with OIS. The creator of the render calls this a “fat mobile camera” and I imagine he’s referring to a “phat” camera. I’m guessing the designer has heard the rumors about Huawei’s involvement with the next Nexus.
This model does look a bit like a Huawei, like the P8 for example, in spite of not having the volume buttons on the same side with the On/Off button and the latter not being too small or uncomfortable to use. The device has a rather large camera lens and seems to either rely on aluminum or glass… or both. Ideas?