Note: This post was first published on the 18th Oct, 2010.
Mobile phone business is one of the most rapidly growing industries. Not so long ago, the popular check phone was Nokia 3310 with mere basic functions: call, text messaging, and the only bearable game, snake.
However, significant improvement has been made since then. We now have so wide varieties of phones that surpasses the basic function; smartphones, for example, allow you to connect to social media conveniently, GPS, video conferencing, etc.
What will be next? What can we expect from the next generation of handsets available in the next ten years? Some of the few features that will be built in new cell phones are OLED screens and enhancement in flexibility.
In this article we want to show you a list of creative and interesting futuristic phone concepts.
Kyocera’s EOS folding concept phone incorporates a flexible OLED screen, changing its form from a clamshell into something resembling a wallet or clutch purse.
The Piccolo Concept 1 cell phone received its design inspiration by Motorola, bringing a sexy and sleek concept that will appeal to females.
Multimedia Concept Phone
Designer Jakub Lekeš tries to push the limits of phone designing with his concept. This phone has many useful features. A sliding touch screen QWERTY keyboard is concealed under the display, and there is a 4.3-megapixel autofocus camera with digital zoom support on the back.
The most interesting feature is the side of the phone that shows the running track.
LG Traveler Concept Phone
Created by Andrew Zheng, the handset is a thin slider with a touch screen on board and a physical button keypad.
The unusual shape of the LG Traveler phone was created for better grip, and this aspect gets enhanced. Thanks to rubbers grips on the side.
Eclipse Intuit phone by Eddie Goh. It has the entire basic feature we’;ve come to expect from our mobiles: a powerful 5-megapixel camera with built-in software for editing and uploading pictures to a photo album, a slide-out touch keyboard with tactile feedback, and a nice big touch screen front and center.
What makes this concept unique is parts of the phone are made from a chemically based thin solar skin to charge the battery when it’;s exposed to any kind of light.
The Kambala is a mobile phone that transforms into an earphone as well. Pop the centerpiece, and the earpiece clip pings out; clip this to your ear, and you got a phone-earphone! Multilayered Polymer, which hosts all the electronic components, is used in its construction.
A continuous Flexi-screen with plenty of sensors makeup the surface, and it can transmit the image on the inside of the phone to the outside.
The LG Flutter will have an opportunity to be featured in a future blockbuster movie. The device opens up like a fan, as you can see in the image above, and has a flexible OLED touch screen display that scrolls radically.
The designer Mac Funamizu drew on the Nokia Aeon to design a phone he would like to have.
Complete with Apple\’s standard livery. Using a nondescript tactile feedback technology, its surface adapts to different purposes, while the e-ink screen envelops the phone in graphics and information.
This phone/laptop packs a small front touch display and a larger screen inside the handset. The latter can be pulled out and become an even larger display turning the device into a mini laptop.
The “Mobile Script” mobile phone does not require a power charge. Its case is covered with a nanomaterial, converting the Sunlight into energy for your phone feed.
NEC’s “Tag” Phone Concept
An intriguing concept from NEC Design, this Tag Soft-Shell Mobile Phone shows how cumbersome carrying a phone in your pocket can be. Made of rubbery "shape-memorizing" material, the tag will bend and twist at your command.
Designer Rob Luna created an LG concept phone called Helix, a device that can also be used as a slap bracelet worn on the owner’;s wrist.
LG Helix comes with flexible circuits and a touch screen display, and the concept device is made out of rubber and black stainless steel. You can attach the handset to the belt, through a magnetic charger and use the kinetic energy generated by the user to power up the cell phone.
Motorola has developed a new concept of Motorola Sparrow. A concept conceived to provide retail stores with a mobile point of sale device.
The Motorola Sparrow is an all-in-one device that combines a scanner, RFID, point of sale (POS) system, communication, and credit card reading capabilities. Equipped with touch-sensitive areas, the front and back of the Motorola Sparrow make it easy to navigate and use.
Mexican designer Veronica Eugenia Rodriguez Ortiz created the Yuxa wearable cell phone concept. This is an eco-friendly phone featuring an OLED display and rechargeable battery, plus an innovative means of communication.
Bracelet Phone Concept
Designer Tao Ma has designed an inimitably different concept phone that has got the looks of a bracelet.
The shiny gizmo vibrates when you receive a message and you can read the text by taking the bracelet off the wrist and pressing its precious-looking keys.
New Nokia concept – Nokia 888. It uses a liquid battery, speech recognition, a flexible touch screen, touch-sensitive body cover which lets it understand and adjust to the environment.
Blue Bee Phone
Another futuristic smartphone created by Kingyo. Blue Bee is a very interesting handset interface that is also appealing at the same time.
Designer Lu Yin has designed a mobile phone called “Relexer”. As its name suggests, it also functions as a medical gadget to review the health of the users.
Integrating a thermometer that can be worn around the wrist like a bracelet, the cell phone measures the temperature and other drastic discrepancies in the body.
The concept designer Andrew Kim has designed the HTC 1 to be a premium Android device. It is designed to use machined brass to add strength to the phone.
Some notable features of the concept include stereo speakers (located at the top and bottom of the phone), a kickstand which is actually the bottom portion of the casing, and the lofty concept of a built-in UV light that kills germs on the surface of the phone while you charge up.
The Morph is a concept that demonstrates how future mobile devices might be stretchable and flexible, allowing the user to transform their mobile device into radically different shapes.
It demonstrates the ultimate functionality that nanotechnology is capable of delivering: flexible materials, transparent electronics, and self-cleaning surfaces.
Connext is an all-in-one, flexible smart device designed by James Zhang that can morph its form to fit the application that it assumes. Combining OLED touch-screen technology with E-paper flexibility, this device can switch to become a mobile phone, computer, multimedia player, watch, physical avatar, etc.
BenQ Siemens Concept Phone
Latest BenQSiemens’s concept phone that wraps around your hand.
LG’s Folding Phone
This HiFi concept headset gives us a whole new way of using a cell phone. It’;s a peculiar touch screen phone which the headset can be wrapped around the head to enjoy music and attend to calls even when you are moving around.
Mooon concept phone designed by Sunman Kwon has a sleek, big, and beautiful touch screen and of course, a camera. What’;s special about Mooon is that at the bottom of this phone, you’;ll find a Bluetooth headset, detachable when you need it.
Nokia Kinetic Concept Design
Creative designer Jeremy Innes-Hopkins has an interesting concept phone called the Nokia Kinetic. An electromagnet in the base of the phone allows weight to be shifted, which causes the phone to stand up when receiving a call.
LG Exo Smartphone, designed by Benjamin Lotte, is a good-looking phone with a high-strength polymer exoskeleton for protecting delicate internal components.
The external skin is made of rubber, which enhances ergonomics and increases strength. You can easily change the skin color to the color you desire.
The Philips Fluid Smartphone designed by Brazilian designer Dinard da Mata looks like one of those "Slap Wrap" slap bracelets kids used to wear in the 90s. Flexibility is one thing that makes it different from conventional smartphones.
Made of OLED, it can keep all the features of a smartphone available while adding the extra advantage of turning into a bracelet.
Seabird is Mozilla Labs’ concept phone. The Seabird is a concept phone packed with cool features, including an integrated Pico Projector that can be used to project a virtual keyboard.
Cool phone concept by Mac Funamizu. This smartphone has some incredible features. The dented keypad that looks like a wavy sea bed, and the screen is designed in such a way that it turns almost 180 degrees.
Glass phone concept is also created by designer Mac Funamizu.
DYA Phone: A New Concept
This new DYA phone brings a whole new meaning to the world slider. DYA phone has a unique design that uses a diagonal cut and becomes compact when not in use. But it is large enough for any other basic function you need.