Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
We’ve had a few concept phones created by Deepak Ahuja on our website till now, but who said that concepts have to be smartphones? Even midrange or lower end units can become interesting mockups, just like the Samsung Galaxy Air shown below.
We’re dealing with a midrange to high end device, that runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean with the Samsung TouchWiz Nature UX on top. The screen here is a 4 inch Super AMOLED with a 720p resolution and inside we’ve got a quad core 1.3 GHz processor. At the back there’s an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and upfront a 1.3 megapixel camera with BSI.
Inside we also have 16/32GB of storage, 1 GB of RAM and the handset comes in marble white, majestic blue, garnet red and sapphire black. There’s even a price tag attached to it: $299. Overall, the design is a bit like the one of the Galaxy S4, but with a slightly changed lower front side.
[Thanks Deepak Ahuja]
Sunday, January 20th, 2013
Shahin Jazirian imagined a new Samsung concept phone that goes by the name of Samsung Galaxy X and has midrange specs. That’s why I see it as a Galaxy Nexus successor, especially because it has a similar 4.65 inch diagonal and HD resolution. We’re dealing here with a handset with Super AMOLED display, a microSD card slot and 1 GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy X comes in 16 and 32 GB versions, it supports 21 Mbps HSDPA connectivity, as well as LTE and WiFi. Bluetooth 4.0 is also here, as well as NFC, microUSB 2.0 and there’s an 8 megapixel camera at the back, with autofocus, dual LED flash and Full HD 30 fps video capture. Upfront we’ve got a 1.9 megapixel and as far as software goes, Android 4.2 is the name of the game. The chipset powering up the device makes me think of the Galaxy Nexus again, since it’s a TI OMAP 4570, a dual core 1.7 GHz unit.
The GPU is a PowerVR SGX555 and we also get an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor and compass on board of the Galaxy X. As far as battery goes, the Samsung concept phone has a Li-Ion 2150 mAh unit, with 60 hours of functioning. As far as design goes, the device has straight edges, a cool X at the back and it’s pretty slim, plus it seems to have some sort of proprietary port at the bottom. Galaxy Nexus 2 much?
[Thanks Shahin Jazirian]
Monday, January 7th, 2013
Victor Monteiro recently submitted to us a new Samsung concept phone called the Samsung N4. The idea is that this model is “half of a Nexus phone”, according to the designer, thus explaining the “N” in its name. The device features a quad core 1.9 GHz processor, a 48 core GPU and promises “groundbreaking performance”.
Samsung N4 packs a 1080p display, with Gorilla Glass 3 technology and it also has top notch cameras, especially the front one. The cam at the back is a 13 megapixel shooter with a new sensor produced by Sony and dual LED flash, while the front camera is a 5 megapixel one capable of 1080p video recording. Other specs include a 3,320 mAh battery and up to 64 GB of internal storage, expandable to 128 GB. 2 GB of RAM are available for multitasking and there’s also an “almost stock” version of Jelly Bean included, installed out of the box.
Almost stock means it comes with Samsung improvements, like Smart Stay, Pop Up Play and Multi Window. The body of this Samsung Nexus concept combines polycarbonate and brushed aluminum. Victor Monteiro claims that if you like the render, he’ll do more of this device. So, do you? The form factor is original, I have to say.
[Thanks Victor Monteiro]
Thursday, September 6th, 2012
TheTechnoToast, the Samsung Galaxy Aurora smartphone concept is more likely a futuristic phablet, something like Galaxy Note IV, if you want. It’s supposed to feature a new type of battery, much stronger than Li-Ion and this one is called L-Lion, with a power of 820k mAh, that’s just crazy.
Created by Deviantart member
The battery has the same size of Li-Ion, but it can get very hot, so it’s surrounded by 11 extremely powerful nano fans, cooling the CPU inside and the battery. The GPU here is a PowerVR Series 5XT SGXMX20 with 12 cores and the Samsung Aurora seems to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, although I expected something more futuristic. I expect technology from the future 10 or maybe 20 years to be inside this device, so a 16 core processor wouldn’t surprise me at all.
Also 128GB of storage, 5G connectivity and a 21MP camera are all specifications that come to my mind and I associated them to this model. I hope the designer likes my ideas regarding his creation, but anyway frankly speaking I prefer this design to the real Galaxy Note II, that’s so predictable. Do you like this one more?
Friday, August 31st, 2012
Ben Ling created a new Samsung concept phone, the Galaxy Y II, shown below. We’re dealing here with a lower end smartphone, one that features a 3.2 inch touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The device has the TouchWiz 4.0 interface applied on top of Android and multitouch support for up to 4 fingers.
Samsung Galaxy Y II offers 275 ppi pixel density and a dual core 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor, plus a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash. The camera does 16x digital zoom and 480p video recording and it’s accompanied by a front 0.3 megapixel camera for videocalls. This model somehow runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and it comes with a Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery, plus 8 GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM and NFC.
The new Galaxy Y measures 9 mm in thickness, weighs 97 grams and supports Bluetooth 4.0, as well as microSD storage up to 32 GB. The design is nothing out of the ordinary: one of those cheap, plasticky phones you get for $200 or so or free on contract. Honestly, I prefer bigger devices…
[Thanks Ben Ling]
Sunday, August 12th, 2012
Sony PlayStation concept phone and remember it. Anyway, today we have a new step in design evolution, the Samsung ONE, created by Yejin Jeon. This handset is basically a flexible display mobile phone hidden inside an elegant, white pen.
We have heard of pens being phones before, but the idea of pulling a phone’s flexible display from a pen seems new, or is it? Let’s have a look at this
The Samsung concept relies on cloud computing and involves a wide screen display that comes out of the pen. This screen is a 6 inch bendable sheet and at the edge of the pen we also have an embedded camera. You can make ONE stand in order to use the 6 inches of screen estate to their full extent. When the display is inside the pen there’s a small touchscreen on the side of the pen, as shown in the image below. This one allows you to control the device and has the role of showing notifications, signal, battery and more.
There’s a speaker at the edge of the device and a lock at the other. The brilliant thing about this device is that you can pull part of the flexible screen of the ONE and use it as a camera viewfinder when you turn the handset’s camera on, that’s very, very cool. I say that such a product is doable with today’s technology, but it could end up being much thicker. This design is part of the iF Design Talents competition and I already give it a big thumbs up.
[via Yanko Design]
Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Aneek from Sri Lanka sent us his idea of a concept phone, the Samsung Captivate X, shown below. We’re dealing here with the follow-up of the Samsung Captivate, so we might as well call it the Captivate 2. It features a 4.3 inch screen and it enhances the camera, processor and screen of the predecessor.
Samsung Captive X is Aneek’s dream phone and it comes with a 4.3 inch 1280 x 720 pixel display, a 1.5 GHz dual core Amlogic CPU and an 8 megapixel camera at the back with 1080p capture. There’s also a 2MP front camera with videocall support. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the OS of choice here and other specs include 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and an 8.5mm thick chassis. Samsung Captivate X has 4 capacitive buttons below the display, in spite of Android 4.0+ devices usually having 3.
This model has a pretty interesting design, with a curved lower side and a rectangular case on all the other edges. The upper part of the phone has a slight BlackBerry feeling to it, don’t you think?
Sunday, May 6th, 2012
Many people were disappointed by the Galaxy S III, but that doesn’t mean that Samsung can’t come up with some interesting designs. Or at least people can imagine they will… like Tolu Falope did, when he created the following Samsung concept smartphone, running Android 4.0 ICS and packing those trademark 3 capacitive buttons at the bottom.
The device looks like a combo between the design of a new generation of Sony Xperia phone and its back is very similar to the one of the HTC One X and One S. There’s also a very interesting browser in one of the pics and if I’m not mistaking I saw the real thing on teh ASUS Eee Slider tablet, as the standard web browser with those touch options. This is a very thin phone, with curved upper and lower edges, a plasticky look and metallic edges. I imagine it packs a quad core processor, 12 megapixel camera and 1080p display.
Also the diagonal should be around 4.7 inches or so, keeping with the modern smartphone standards. The device is certainly interesting and it would make a good new Nexus Phone, especially with the long body and bright display, plus original form factor (curved edges and very, very thin case). I wish this was the real Samsung Galaxy S III, to be honest. What do you think this handset is lacking and what do you want on it?
[via Tolu Falope on Coroflot]
Monday, January 9th, 2012
Nick Trumbo imagined a Samsung phone that’s based on new OLED screen technologies and the result was the Samsung Flip concept, seen below. This one is a device that’s able to fold and bend and it comes with a wrap around screen, plus a very interesting interface, that looks more modern than any TouchWiz version so far.
The screen is wrapped around the bottom of the phone, where the notification area is placed, in order to get rid of clutter and keep the notification bar off the main screen. The Samsung Flip becomes an entirely different device when you flip it, depending on what your use for it is. Also, the UI changes depending on the phone positions, so for example there’s a special layout for videocalling, one for listening to music, playing back video or simply using the handset as a watch and photo frame.
You can also personalize the cover of the Samsung concept phone when it’s bended and as you can see this folding aspect allows you to keep the device attached to your belt or to a strap, as shown by the young ladies below. You can also keep recording video even if the phone is folded and it will actually keep it more steady for excellent video capture. Add a dual core 2GHz CPU to this device, Android 4.0, 16GB of memory and an 8MP camera like the one on the Galaxy Note and I’m sold!
Sunday, January 8th, 2012
Rawad Semaan sent me his design, the Samsung Nexus Vision, a concept phone based on the quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and also packing a 12 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and a Super AMOLED display that’s probably 4.5 inches in diagonal and maybe supports 720p HD resolution. I’m speculating on these specs since the designer didn’t reveal too many details.
When I see the Samsung Nexus Vision I instantly think about a combination between the Nokia N9 and the Samsung Galaxy S II for some reason. Get this baby Android Ice Cream Sandwich, some 1080p 60 fps video capture, LTE connectivity, 32GB of internal memory, 2GB of RAM and we’re all set. Of course, I’ve heard people saying that Nvidia Tegra 3 is not the brightest choice when it comes to quad core processors, but I don’t have faith in Intel Medfield or whatever they plan on bringing to the smartphone market.
I think that TI OMAP is the kind of CPU you want to get on a smartphone nowadays or even the Exynos quad core unit that everyone is dreaming about. What about you? All of you phone designers and aficionados, which CPU do you like the most for 2012′s phones?
[Thanks Rawad Semaan]