Our Favorite Futuristic Concepts For Cellphones

Ten Ideas We Want to See Released

Written By: Cassandra Bondie

When Apple released the iPhone X, many consumers figured smartphones reached their peak capacity. But technology has even more to offer. In this article, we're going to explore ten futuristic designs for cellphones that telecommunication companies are currently conceptualizing. Do these represent the wave of the future? Only time will tell.

Flexible Screens

Kyocera has developed an EOS Folding Concept Phone. It uses a flexible OLED screen - capable of changing its form into a small square that can be easily folded and tucked away. The phone folds out into two configurations: a portrait mode and full OLED display. Samsung has explored similar concepts, but Kyocera has taken the concept to the next level. Designs at the company envision memory keys that can morph flat when not in-use and something called a "kinetic charging method." Will Kyocera launch this device in the near future? We somehow doubt it, but it's fun to explore.

Solar-Powered Cellphones

Eclipse is working on a concept phone called Intuit. The phone has a five-megapixel camera with built-in editing software, a slide-out keyboard, and a touchscreen. These characteristics could describe most recently released phones - so what's the big deal? The Intuit also features a chemically-based solar skin capable of charging the battery when the phone is exposed to light. Solar-powered cellphones? We can get behind that.

The Earphone Phone

A recently developed concept, the Kambala Earphone is a cellphone that transforms into an earphone. Simply pop the centerpiece and a clip will appear. Place the clip in your ear and boom! No Bluetooth required. In addition to its flexible earphone design, the Kambala boasts a flexible screen with sensors that can transmit images from the inside of the phone to the outside.

The Fan Phone

LG's Flutter Concept phone is perhaps the oddest of the bunch. This phone opens like a fan, with an OLED touch-screen display that actually scrolls. Applications are displayed within the scroll. We can only assume a keyboard can be found on-screen since a limited number of buttons appear externally. We doubt this odd design will take off, but the phone could be an interesting prop in a science fiction movie.

Bracelet Cellphones

Another example of LG Concept Cellphones is the Helix, a smartphone that can also be worn as a snap bracelet. The phone, crafted from rubber and stainless steel, uses a touchscreen display and a magnetic charger. Attach the bracelet to your belt and kinetic energy will charge the phone. We definitely want to see this happen - especially if it eliminates the whole "phone explodes while charging" issue.

The Self-Standing Phone

This Nokia Concept Phone is a little, well, odd. The Nokia Kinetic uses an electromagnet in its base to stand when receiving a phone call. Imagine working at your desk when, suddenly, your phone stands up. We think a ringtone or vibration is probably enough - and less likely to spur a heart attack. But, hey, to each their own.

Exoskeleton Phones

This LG Concept Phone, designed by Benjamin Lotte, is sleek and impressive. It uses a rubber external skin to increase strength and enhance ergonomics (a fancy way of saying efficiency). This skin is also known as an exoskeleton, and the color can be changed whenever you want.

Glass Cellphones

This concept comes from left field, but it's interesting to discuss nonetheless. The smartphone is almost entirely glass with no external buttons - just a simple frame. We think the world already has a cracking problem with smartphone screens, but maybe designer Mac Funamizu has something preventative up his sleeve.

The Projection Phone

Apple is working on a hologram phone concept. Essentially, the phone works like a projecting keyboard. Wear your wristwatch phone, then project the screen onto your palm. Some concerns include palm size and calibration, but we're excited to see how Apple raises the bar.

The Phone With Everything

We want to take a few moments to talk about the Nokia Morph, a concept that began back in 2008. This device has a bendable screen, similar to most of the concept devices featured here. It can also become rigid when necessary, thanks to nanotechnology. The cellphone is roughly the size of a tablet when stretched to its full capacity, but can be folded into a smaller and thicker phone. It can also transform into a bracelet.

Still, there's more. The Nokia Morph can harvest solar energy for battery power and includes a superhydrophobic surface (meaning it can repel water and dirt). We've decided this cellphone most efficiently brings together the major concepts on this list. We'll keep an eye out for it.

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