Friday, August 21st, 2015
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.
But what about Android?
Saturday, August 15th, 2015
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?
Seriously, go click
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.
Monday, July 27th, 2015
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.
I find it fascinating that in spite of the fact
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.
Thursday, July 9th, 2015
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?
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
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?
Monday, July 6th, 2015
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?
Monday, June 29th, 2015
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.
We’ve seen so many rumors about a
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…
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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.
Since we’re very close to Google I/O 2015, speculations regarding
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?
[via Igor Silva]
Thursday, May 7th, 2015
I’m surprised I haven’t seen more dual boot phones on the market, considering people actually like the idea of having both a Windows Phone and Android model in their pockets. Well, here comes a dual boot Xperia, a concept phone created by Androgama and named Sony Xperia R.
This model runs both Windows Phone 8.1 and Android 5.1 and allows you to choose your favourite OS. There are 2 base colors here, black and white and this device comes with tempered glass and 4 colors for the back cover (cherry, cyan, pearl and grey). The back is made of hard plastic treated with anti fingerprint material. The designer included here a special smart type of display, that adjusts the brightness in any kind of conditions and it also adjusts the color, uses a blue light filter and optimizes battery usage.
The Sony Xperia R dual boot phone has a Snapdragon 801 processor inside, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. Its design feels like a Lumia met an iPhone, rather than your typical Xperia Omnibalance approach, which is not a bad idea. On board there’s also a 4.5 inch HD screen with Bravia Engine II, a 13 MP back camera with 16x digital zoom and a 3 MP front camera.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
It happens very rarely that I encounter a smartphone that resembles a laptop so much. Looking at the back of the Intel concept phone below, I felt I was looking at either a MacBook’s back or a Surface tablet.
This model doesn’t have a name, but we do know it’s an Intel machine, with an Intel Atom CPU inside. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and packs 2 GB of RAM. Its chassis is stylish and relies on metal a lot. There’s a rounded back in the mix here and the back has a soft touch feel to it, at least in the camera area. By the way, the back cam is a 16 MP unit and it comes with a relatively flash LED flash.
The handset is slightly curved, but at the same time angular. It’s the creation of prolific Deviantart member jonaskvale, who also included a 5 MP selfie camera and a Quad HD screen at the front. Would this model sit right in the user’s hand?
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
The idea of a Nokia phone with Android isn’t new anymore and we’ve approached it dozens of times. However, the current Nokia company in Finland must stay put till 2016, when it will be allowed to make phones under its own brand again. Well, till that time comes we’ve got concepts, like the one below.
This Nokia Android phone was rendered by Chacko T. Kalacherry, who welcomes Nokia back to its form. There’s a slight Nexus vibe here, but some parts of the visual identity of Nokias are kept. The resulting device seems to adopt a metal case, with a clear Nokia logo above the display. The front camera is pretty big and interestingly enough the speakers seem to be on the sides this time.
This handset is rendered in silver and yellow and I’m guessing it comes with a 5 or 5.2 inch screen or so. The back camera feels a bit like the one of the Lumia 920 or Lumia 925 or Lumia 930, only with a bigger lens this time. The case is rounded and I’m digging those protruding buttons. Quite a return for Nokia, with Android Lollipop in tow!
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