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Standout smartphones

There are smartphones to suit everyone’s tastes! Discover seven mobiles with surprising designs and features.

published on 02.20.17
by Wiggin-v

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RoBoHoN

RoBoHoN

This is an adorable little robot-phone – the first of its kind – available exclusively in Japan. 20 cm high, weighing in at 390 g, with a small 2” screen, RoBoHoN has all the basic smartphone features (with admittedly modest specs): making and receiving calls, reading messages, taking photos…Even better: it can also project images, documents or videos onto a surface. An incredibly cute smartphone that can dance and even walk towards its owner!

RoBoHoN
Solarin

Solarin

Designed by Sirin Labs, this high-end Android smartphone, which looks a bit like the Blackberry PRIV, is one of the world’s most expensive phones. Its main strength? Security! Solarin offers a “military grade” hardware encryption engine for your data, as well as a shielded mode – activated with a physical Security Switch – enabling you to make secure calls. This “vault phone” also includes Zimperium, a malware protection solution. 01net sums it up as follows: “it is like the Blackphone for the rich”.

Light Phone

Light Phone

Light Phone is a 3D-printed “dumbphone” that focuses on the essentials: voice calls. This true anti-smartphone is aimed at people who want to enjoy being in the moment, without being distracted by their device. With its refined look, credit card format and featherweight design, it fits into your wallet or purse. The Light Phone can work on its own or connected to a main smartphone with the Light App, which transfers your calls.

Light Phone
AKA

AKA

This is the first smartphone with a personality! Available exclusively in South Korea, LG’s AKA is delivered with different color cases – yellow, pink, white and deep navy blue – each corresponding to a personality, expressed with a pair of eyes that will always be shown at the top of your screen. The eyes are animated, they blink and move, to express the smartphone’s emotions. Certain settings like the wallpaper, ring tone or audio settings change depending on the mobile’s mood, which is influenced by the user’s actions. Be careful, do not make an AKA angry, it could play heavy metal music when you least expect it!

AKA
CPlus

CPlus

At a time when smartwatches are being launched, Lenovo has unveiled a prototype smartphone that can wrap around your wrist thanks to a series of small  notches positioned along its case. The CPlus has a screen that is not only flexible, but bendable. While Lenovo admits that the CPlus is still some way off being a real product, it reveals the areas for development that this manufacturer is looking into. We are in no doubt whatsoever about this firm’s ability to release its concepts commercially.

CPlus
Runcible

Runcible

With its quirky circular design, like a pebble, this smartphone, which operates on BuniOS (an in-house OS, inspired by Android), fits in the palm of your hand and offers simple access to your essentials. Designed with open source technologies and replaceable components, available in sustainable wood or recycled plastic, Runcible is equipped with everything you need to make and receive calls, send text messages, surf the web, find your way or take photos… But it is much more discreet! Users do not receive a mass of notifications, but what Monohm calls “clean summaries of our digital lives”.

Runcible
Moto Z Droid

Moto Z Droid

The Ara Project and the Fairphone have opened up possibilities for modularity and have been emulated by certain firms, including Lenovo, which has launched the Moto Z, a high-end Android 6.0 Marshmallow smartphone, accompanied by its Moto Mods. Various modules including a JBL speaker, an additional battery offering a further 22 hours of battery life, and a pico projector (Hasselblad is believed to be developing a camera with a x10 zoom and Xenon flash) can be attached to your phone with magnets. The manufacturer has announced that it will soon be releasing an open SDK so it can continue to be developed. Any ideas?

Moto Z Droid

published on 02.20.17
by Wiggin-v

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