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Sony Xperia Z5+ Gets Rendered, Specs Sound Good, Design Doesn’t Impress

July 30th, 2015

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We’ve been hearing quite a bit about the Sony Xperia Z5, through a series of leaks, that also brought us info about the Xperia Z5 Compact. However, it appears that there will be a third model in the series, a so called Sony Xperia Z5 Plus, that has just leaked on the web.

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It’s supposed to be a 5.7 inch phablet with a Quad HD screen, Snapdragon 820 CPU and a 20.7 megapixel camera. We’ve got 32 GB of storage inside, 4 GB of RAM and what seems to be a metallic design, or at least a metal frame. The port is most likely an USB type C and the screen has not quite an edge to edge approach, especially compared to the recently leaked Xperia C5 Ultra.

The device seems pretty bulky by current standards and I find that big side button a bit peculiar. I can’t say this changes the Omnibalance design approach too much, so Sony hasn’t reinvented the wheel just yet. Obviously, this is just a render and we’re months away from finding out if this model is real or not.

[via GSMDome]



Sliding Xperia Concept is a Tribute to the Xperia X1 and X2

July 30th, 2015

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Designer Micheal Muleba is back with something he calls a “blast from the past”, actually a tribute for the first Xperias, those with Windows Mobile on board. This unnamed concept Xperia is clearly a throwback to the Xperia X1 and X2.

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The part with the screen is the usual edge to edge rectangle, but now we’ve got a sliding QWERTY portion with 5 rows. There’s also a numeric row and a very well spaced keyboard, with a big space button. Since this looks like a biggie, why not make it a phablet? I’m envisioning something like a 5.7 incher, with a lot of metal and plastic, plus a reasonably slim waistline.

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The sliding part also slides the other way to reveal a sound system and extra buttons. And that’s the first glance at the product! At the second glance, you start paying more attention and figure out that the keyboard may be virtual, since there seems to be a secondary screen in the mix. I have seen dual display phones before, but none with such an interesting angle between the two screens.

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[Via Micheal Muleba]

Commodore Amiga 500 Phone Takes Us Back Many, Many Years

July 29th, 2015

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Well, over the past month we’ve seen both a Nintendo Phone and a Commodore 64 smartphone, so let’s give old school another go. Designer Piotr Zgodzinski has created the Commodore Amiga 500 phone, that’s pictured below.

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It takes us back to the mid 80s, when the Commodore was such a big deal. The original Commodore Amiga 500 was used as an inspiration here and the original Workbench UI has also been included. The designer modeled everything in Blender 3D and Cycles. The resulting Amiga 500 phone comes with a quad core MC68000 processor, a 5.5 inch Full HD screen and a full SD card slot, not the microSD kind.

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The OS is WorkbenchPhone 1.3 “Boing Ball Popsicle”, clearly a tribute to the older platform. Finally, we’ve got 8 bit 4 channels of stereo sound. Fans of the TV show Halt & Catch Fire will totally get all the references that this handset includes and will totally adore it. Also, if you lived in the 80s and messed around with a Commodore, this is your time travel machine.

[via Behance]

Microsoft Cityman/ Lumia 950 XL is Here With Windows 10

July 29th, 2015

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Since today is the big day of the Windows 10 launch, we may as well celebrate it with a flagship Windows 10 phone right? Of course, not an official one, but a concept of the Microsoft Cityman aka Lumia 950 XL. These renders have been created by Muhammad Fairaz.

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The concept is based on renderings from Windows Central and some of the latest leaks on the web. So, it appears we’re dealing with a model that feels a bit like the freshly launched OnePlus, in terms of rectangularity. It has a few extra buttons I can’t quite figure out on the right side. I know one is the volume button and one may be the On/Off button, plus a camera button, but what about the fourth?

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The design is rectangular, not atypical for a Fabula Design model and the bezels have been shrunken. There’s a special S View style cover placed onto the device, with a placeholder for a cute stylus. Microsoft Cityman has a bit of a rounded back, a generous speaker next to the circular camera area and some pins at the bottom for the wireless charging accessories.

The Windows logo is more prominent than ever and it would nice if it glowed, like on those Apple concepts… I’d say this handset is made of polycarbonate rather than metal… Specs include a Snapdragon 810 CPU, 3 GB RAM, 5.7 inch Quad HD Screen, 20 MP Pureview Camera and Windows 10 for Mobile.

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[via Deviantart and Microsoft Lovers]

HTC Aero Gets First Video, More Renders From Hasan Kaymak (Video)

July 28th, 2015

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HTC Aero was brilliantly rendered by Hasan Kaymak here, just two weeks ago and today we have even more renders from you and a video of the concept. Interestingly the designer also sees this as the HTC One M10, although it may be a bit too soon for that.

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The device also comes in a Windows 10 Mobile version, as the video shows and obviously a Lollipop version. The new renders show an even glossier design, with a very shiny frame. What’s interesting here is that the back is curved like the front of a Mercedes Benz supercar and the frame is shiny and mirror-like, both at the side and top, plus bottom.

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Making the device look like a mirror all over may be spectacular, but also blinding and distracting. The power button has been placed at the top right side of the phone. The volume buttons are on the bottom left side. Apparently, you can use the handset in 4 rotating modes. I find the placement of the volume buttons at the bottom strange, but maybe leaving the sides empty would trigger gesture control.

In the end why have volume buttons at all? Let’s leave that to gestures.

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[via Hasan Kaymak]

New iPhone 7 Design and Specs Conceived by Kiarash Kia: Apple A9 CPU, 13 MP Camera and More

July 28th, 2015

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Designer Kiarash Kia, the very same one that rendered the iPhone 6c a few days ago is back with an iPhone 7 design. The specs of the handset are pretty predictable and the overall format doesn’t bring surprises, but let’s do a more in depth check of these aspects and we’ll certainly find goodies.

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It appears that the iPhone 7 concept he imagined comes with a 13 megapixel iSight camera with F/1.9 aperture, while the front camera is an 8 megapixel unit with F/2.0 aperture. The device comes in 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB flavours and brings an Apple A9 processor, as well as the M9 coprocessor. 2 GB of RAM are here, together with a PowerVR GX6650 GPU and a 1950 mAh battery.

The device has a flush front side, with a full glass panel, that reaches all the way to the metal edges. It appears the speakers are now smaller and placed at the right side of the Lightning port. Also the screws at the bottom are no longer visible. A matte rose gold version has also been rendered and in case you’re wondering the Home button is now virtual and not physical, although some shots seem to show it separated from the main screen panel.

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[via Kiarash Kia]

Alcatel Dual Display Windows Phone Render From 2011 Has an Interesting Approach

July 27th, 2015

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In spite of being published this month, the following Alcatel dual display phone concept actually dates from 2011. At least, that’s according to its designer, Zion Wu, from China. This model runs Windows Phone and comes with an original way of integrating two screens.

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One of the screens is a LCD and the other one is an E Ink, as the handset saves power. It has a core case, pretty much like a huge bumper case, that allows its front and back to detach and reattach like a big sandwich. They can also rotate, like the hybrid tablets lids. The E Ink portion can also be used to show gaming controls that interact with games on the LCD display.

The Alcatel Dual Display phone feels sturdy and I’m guessing back in 2011 it was running Windows Phone 7.5, in spite of seeing Windows Phone 8 mentioned on the screen. Of course, the sacrifice to get the benefits of the dual screens is making the entire thing bulky, when the two parts come together. The format of the phone brings me a bit back to the Nokia X7, with those corners…

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[via Behance]

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Render May Reveal the Future of Xperia Designs

July 27th, 2015

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We usually don’t cover phone leaks, but this is a more of an approximate render we’re getting here. The interesting bit about the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra render is the fact that it has an edge to edge display, an approach Sony hasn’t tried till now.

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Of course, the images could be faked, but let’s assume they’re not. If the rumors about the Sony Xperia Z5 are true, then the phone is going to be a letdown, just like the Xperia Z3, Z3+ and the Z4. Rumors talk about a Snapdragon 810 CPU, same Omnibalance design and Full HD screen. However, if you add an edge to edge screen in the mix, may sweeten the blow.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is marketed as a selfie phablet, with a 5.5 inch screen and a 13 megapixel front camera with LED flash. Considering companies like Sharp or LeTV have already launched edge to edge smartphones, this is by no means a premiere. Still, Sony could finally deliver a beautiful handset design, like back in the days…

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[via GSMDome.com]

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

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]

Motorola Transparent Screen Smartphone is Actually a 2010 Design, That Looks Great Now

July 26th, 2015

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I don’t mind finding concepts I didn’t cover back in 2010, because they look all the more fascinating now. One of them is the Motorola Transparent Type Side flipr+ QWERTY handset shown below.

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Rendered by Wei Huang, from Beijing, this device reminds me a lot of the Nokia E7, but with better lit up and flatter QWERTY buttons. I can’t really figure out what the OS is here, but seeing the tiles, it may just be Windows Phone 7. It was 2010, after all. The design of the smartphone was great, with that curved edge screen being a total stunner a few years ago, when nobody dreamt of the Galaxy S6 Edge.

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This model had a 3 inch touchscreen with an AMOLED panel, a slim metal casing and a 3 megapixel camera. The back side looks like the one of a full fledged point and shoot. There’s also a mini OLED touchscreen in the middle of the keypad, most likely used for scrolling and gaming. It also displays battery status and notifications. One of the most interesting aspects of the Motorola concept phone shown here is that fact that its screen is transparent.

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[via Behance]

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