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Sony C650X Odin Appears Again, This Time in a Render

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

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Jsus sent us another email, so after showing us the Sony C650X Odin phone in a hands on picture, he now reveals what seems to be a render of the device. He dubs it a Sony Xperia 2013 smartphone and leaves it that way… As usual, we can’t tell if he’s showing us the real deal or merely a render he created.

Sony Xperia Odin was already leaked in a bunch of benchmarks, that confirm it has a big 5 inch display with 1080p resolution, Android Jelly Bean and the famous quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor on board, with 2 GB of RAM. Sony has no quad core phone right now in its portofolio, so Odin kind of makes sense. Also, the choice of Qualcomm quad core CPU makes sense, since it’s the most popular option right now. In the end the rumors about the Sony Xperia Nexus could also be true, but not this year, since Google already unveiled its Nexuses.

As far as the Sony C650X Odin design goes, we’re dealing with a phone that uses no front buttons, so it probably has virtual ones and also a very thin bezel next to the display, probably an edge to edge screen here. This design sort of reminds me of the Nokia N9 combined with Xperia Arc and Xperia S a bit. I also expect at least a 12 megapixel camera at the back, if not a 16 megapixel Exmor R sensor…

[Thanks Jsus]

Xperia 2013 Concept Features a Bravia Transparent Screen, Designed by Jsus

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

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Jsus is the same mystery designer who sent us what looked like a real Xperia Play 2 and now he’s up to new tricks. This time he created a new and futuristic Sony Xperia concept, one that features a transparent Bravia screen and is only dubbed Xperia 2013 for now. I can imagine that this model is somehow related to the Xperia Arc, seeing how it seems to be curved a bit.

The idea of a transparent smartphone hasn’t been exploited enough and Sony did have an attempt at making such a phone, through the Sony Ericsson Pureness. That phone was the world’s first handset with a transparent screen actually, but it didn’t develop the idea any further. In the case of the beautiful Xperia 2013 I can see there’s a blue line around the edges of the phone and it would be cool if that line would light up in the colour blue, as shown here.

The transparency of the display can trigger a myriad of features, most of them based on augmented reality and the camera app will greatly evolve. You will have to rethink focusing, zooming and the entire way you interact with your surroundings. It would also be cool if the user could set the degree of transparency of the screen or only leave areas of the display as a see through space, sort of like a window with parts of fog and pars that are cleared. Now THAT would be cool! How about you? What would you want from an Xperia 2013 phone with transparent screen? A quad core Tegra 4 CPU wouldn’t hurt…

[Thanks Jsus]

Designer Jsus is Back With the French Free Phone Design

Monday, January 30th, 2012

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Designer Jsus recently sent me an email regarding an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich concept phone made by “free”, a French phone operator. Not sure if this carrier exists, so if you live in France you may confirm. As far as the device goes, it looks very much like a Samsung unit for me, combined a bit with the rectangular edges of the iPhone 4.

The handset runs Android 4.0 and uses the classic button layout for ICS with something that looks like a loading area at the bottom. If I were to guess, I’d say this is a 1.5GHz dual core handset, with a 4.1 inch display, 16GB of internal memory, 1GB of RAM and an 8 megapixel camera. LTE, NFC, a front camera, a 1700 mAh battery and a microSD card slot would make nice additions, but as long as Jsus doesn’t reveal anything else, I can only speculate.

Considering the name of the phone’s maker is “free”, should I expect it to be available for free on contract?

[Thanks Jsus]

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