Future Technology - 2012 and beyond
Top Concept Phones
2011 was a year with great innovation in the smartphone world. We saw the like of the Galaxy Tab, running android Honeycomb 3.0, advancement of phone processors into the dual-cores,etc. If these were made in 2011, I can't even imagine what 2012 would bring.....
Samsung Galaxy S III (1.5GHz quad-core)
It seems that the folks down at Concept Phones received an email with images attached (as pictured above) of a device that the person claims to be the Samsung Galaxy S III. That person went on to list down the specs of the device which to be honest seemed a little too good (and slightly outrageous) to be true, but we'll let you decide.
According to Ivan Ilchenko, the person who leaked/created the rendering, the photo appeared on Samsung's official page in Russia as well as on Russia's social network Vkontakte. The device apparently features a 5" HD Super AMOLED display and is "Universal" phone that runs on both Android 4.0 and Bada OS, while powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor with TouchWiz 5 as its UI of choice.
Other specs include a 12MP camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, 32GB/64GB internal storage and support for a microSDXC card slot, a stylus, 4G LTE support, NFC and even USB 3.0. Is such a device even possible? Personally I drew the line at dual booting Android and Bada, but either way we suggest taking this with a grain of salt for now. At the very least we're left with a pretty decent rendering of what the Samsung Galaxy S III could look like.
Sony Xperia Yume (1.5GHz quad-core)
J. Havrlant is back with his great designs and as usual he created a SE device, or should I say a Sony Xperia concept phone u2026. Meet the Sony Xperia Yume and if I'm not mistaking, this name means "dreams" in Japanese. Considering the specs of this beautiful rounded phone, it is really a dreamy gadget.
Xperia Yume comes with a 1.5GHz quad core processor, a 720p display, 2GB of RAM and a 16 megapixel camera, plus 64GB of internal storage. It's a design done for kicks, as is the specs list, just for fun and without the endorsement of Sony Ericsson/Sony, at least for now. They could be seeing this and I strongly suggest they follow the ideas of J. Havrlant.
The device also comes with a microSD card slot, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the whole design reminds me of a combo between the Xperia Arc S and the Nokia N9 (rounded lower side and probably upper side too). I love how the speakers were placed on this model, offering it a more raw feeling, that contrasts with the elegance of the rest of the device.
HTC Edge (1.5GHz quad-core)
As far as the HTC Edge goes, this is a 4.7 inch phone with a 720p screen, 1GB of RAM and supposedly a successor to the HTC Rezound model. The quad core smarpthone uses an 8 megapixel camera with 28 mm f/2.2 lens and four 1.5GHz cores to harness the power of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The internal storage will be around 32GB and Bluetooth should version 3.0. Of course, Beats Audio is in the mix…
HTC Sense 4.0 is also expected to meddle with the Android experience here, providing a special way of interaction, management and looks of the UI. Several new services are also expected from HTC, including a HTC Read bookstore, HTC Play gaming hub and HTC Listen music store.
Nexus Black (2GHz quad-core)
If the Galaxy Nexus doesn't do it for you, then let's have a look at the fourth Google Nexus phone, in concept phase. Nexus Black is the creation of Deviantart user bharathp666, who did a terrific job with this design. Recently I heard some rumors that the new Nexus would actually be Motorola material and that it would be called the Motorola RAZR Nexus… Could it be real?
Back to the Nexus Black, this phone relies on the Nvidia Wayne 2GHz quad core processor and features a 1200 x 720 pixel AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. There's also a 12.1 megapixel camera available at the back, with dual LED flash, shutter control, continuous autofocus and 1080p video capture at 30 fps. Image stabilization is pretty much a given and RAW support is also implemented. Upfront of the new Nexus phone of 2012 we find a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus.
HDMI support with 1080p is included in this mix, as well as WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, a proximity sensor, NFC, gyrometer and IR remote transciever. I guess that the Nexus Black will run Android 5.0 Jellybean or maybe Android 4.x in an evolved version. The main disappointment on the Galaxy Nexus was the camera and I see that this model did good on repairing that poor feat of the 2011 device. What do you think about this handset?
HTC Zeta (2.5GHz quad-core)
Here we are again, this time with a render of the HTC Zeta, a quad core Android Ice Cream Sandwich device with an unknown designer. The good news here is that the unibody design is back and the edges are straight on this handset, so less curves.
Rumor has it that the HTC Zeta comes with a quad core 2.5GHz APQ8064 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.5 inch 720p HD display and it runs Android 4.0 with Sense UI on top. There's also 32GB of internal memory on board, a 1,830 mAh battery, an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash at the back, 1080p video capture and a 1.3 megapixel camera for videocalls at the front.
Zeta is said to measure 9.8mm in thickness and it also weighs 146 grams. As far as pricing and availability go, we have no idea about the details, but we'll keep you posted. Are you more into these sharp edges, or do you prefer a more rounded smartphone from HTC? Have you say in the comments section below!
Best Concept Phone
From the above concept phones, choose the one you think is the best.