Andrew Kim released a concept design at Design Fabulous for a new HTC smartphone which would likely run Android. The phone, called the HTC 1, while likely never to reach a production stage, gives us an interesting view into a possible future of smartphones. Kim criticizes many manufacturers for not designing phones with the UI in mind, resulting in disharmony. The HTC 1 takes on that challenge, and manages to add in plenty of sphisticated design elements.
The concept takes a minimalistic approach in many areas. The phone includes some surprising features, such as an integrated kickstand, where the base of the phone, which houses the single button on the front of the device, swivels out on an axis. Once extended, the kickstand transforms the HTC 1 into a more traditional alarm clock.
The case of the phone is constructed of brass, covered with a silver finish to ensure durability and a smooth texture that lasts.
The whole UI of the phone has been changed to a minimal design. In addition, full screen widgets are also incorporated into the design to give the user a more indepth experience. In addition, the music player and messaging stream are redesigned to look more appealing.
The phone has stereo speaks that emit sound from tiny gaps between the touchscreen and the upper/lower sections of the case.
The design is finished with an innovative features where the phone uses a built-in UV light that shines from the glass in front to kill microorganisms while the phone charges.
Engadget remarks that "As far as concepts go, this is one of the finest we've seen" and I have to agree. Let's hope some of these great ideas are incorporated into future Android devices.
Check out the rest of the design here.
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