We’d Love For HTC to Adopt a Design Like This [Concepts]


Ah, concept phones. We want you so bad but we sit behind our monitors knowing you may never become reality. Still, I take comfort in knowing that at least one of an OEM’s many designers take notice and that some of these designs may one day make their way into an actual product. The latest is from XDA member Jason Wang who thinks this is how HTC should create their phones.

The phone looks to be of a unibody aluminum design with a brushed finish on the front and back. (And if my eyes aren’t failing me, that looks to be a chrome finish on the side.) The top of the slate features an elegant-looking speaker grill and a front-facing camera. The redesigned capacitive buttons are simplistic in style.

The back features a similar speaker grill and camera setup with the addition of an LED flash to top it off. The bottom has a black bad of sorts that could turn out to be some sort of grip material not unlike what some phone so the market already have. We won’t spend time detailing artificial specs, but the set Jason’s proposing is mouthwatering. (To keep it short, it features a 1.2GHz OMAP4 processor with 16GB of internal storage.) Please consider this one, HTC. Please? [via Android Community]

[Note]: Click here for a tall image detailing specs and future designs that Jason will be working on.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. wheres the track pad?

    1. It’s that big black part in the middle. :P

  2. It looks decent. Most HTC phones nowadays look way too much alike…so this would be something different and pretty attractive looking, imo

  3. i’d totally buy this phone.

  4. I’m with Jfjf… Add a trackpad/trackball and notification LED and I’d be all over this.

    It looks like an HTC phone, but doesn’t look like any existing HTC phone. Exactly what design SHOULD be.

    1. Why do you want a trackpad? I’m not bashing, I’m just wondering why so many Android power users seem to love one.

      1. Trackball. It means you can scroll through text when typing or selecting text. Saves trying to hit the exact spot with your finger on screen. It can also be used to switch homescreens, or scroll through websites. You can either use it or not – but once you start it makes things so much easier.

        1. My vote is optical mouse. Just like a laptop. I have one on a Samsung Saga it is awesome.. Mouse arrow and all just like a PC. Makes dropping a cursor or clicking a link a breeze.

          Great for single thumb control!

      2. I use the optical trackpad on my MyTouch4G for fine cursor movement in text, mostly.

        1. That’s one thing I HATE about my iPod. I miss a letter, I have to retype the entire word.

  5. I love the idea of a cassette loading battery. It wouldn’t allow for a larger extended battery replacement, but it’s worth it to get rid of the silly battery doors IMO.

  6. but where is the front facing camera?

    1. the black dot at the top right?

  7. I will say the “cassette loading battery” is an ingenious concept. I’d love to see that in a smartphone one day.

    1. by cassette, does he mean it slots into the back/bottom, instead of having a”battery compartment”?

  8. “The phone looks to be of a unibody aluminum design with a brushed finish on the front and back.”

    The first point under Design Features states “2 Piece Aluminum Casing.”

    1. An aluminum unibody casing can be made out of two pieces of aluminum. It’s just a term. (See: MacBook Pro.) And the term unibody is actually referring to the fact that there are no separate pieces on the inside of the case that aren’t part of the functional pieces of the device.

      1. All bodies including unibodies have a front and back.

    2. the only true unibody phone is the htc legend which was a beautiful phone but wayyyyy underpowered for its time

  9. Meh, I like where they are headed with the Evo, Thunderbolt, Pyramid.

  10. love it.

  11. I like the Incredible and Desire HD’s looks, but this would be nice too!

  12. I’d be happy if everyone would just adopt the same button order… on some phones, it’s Home Back Menu, on others, it’s Home Menu Back, and on others, it’s Menu Back Home.

    Are manufacturers going to explore every possible permutation before they settle down on a standard?

    1. Actually, that’s my one problem with this design. Matias Duarte made it clear that physical buttons on Android devices were going the way of the dodo bird. Permutations? These buttons shouldn’t be there in the first place.

      Oh, and there’s only one black dot at the top. I’d need both a front facing camera and a light sensor.

      That being said, I’d imagine this concept might be a little too dull for some, but it’s right up my alley.

  13. I’m liking this. It is not just what is under the hood what matters – looks also matter

  14. Full QWERTY version of this phone, please!! And a trackpad is always nice. Makes it uber easy to hit those little small links on webpages. And moving the kursor. Oh yea!!

  15. love that design. it’s like what I’ve been saying an Android with the physical design of an iPhone 4 would be the best thing since sliced bread

    1. Pretty sure there’s a ROM for that.

  16. ah but can it survive a drop in a puddle? That’s my criterion for good design.

  17. This will be my next phone if they actually manage to make it. It’s beautiful! Great job to the designer! And he’s obviously not BS’ing around, since he even accounted for plastic antenna area at the rear bottom.

  18. that design looks generic, too reminiscent of “ANYCALL” designs in Asia. Its a downgrade from HTC’s current designs.

    1. It’s the color that does it for me. Very generic. They struck gold with the Thunderbolt’s color.

      1. I wish they would have went with more silver or black in the thunderbolt.

  19. This is the real “phone after your dream phone.” (I’m looking at you TB).

    Very impressive design! I would gladly have this phone if it were in the line-up of Android devices.

  20. I’m underwhelmed. If a phone turned out to be aluminium or some other composite, it will get hot as hell. Just sayin’.

  21. I’ll settle for anything without MANUFACTURER and CARRIER plastered all over the device.

  22. Great design i give this guy credit but I am happy with what Htc designs. Htc has done a great job in so many ways especially with all there support services that appear in there devices ie Desire Hd, Desire Z, Inspire 4g, Evo 3d. Htcsense.com and Htc likes as well as there music services and games/movie services are about to truly blow up.

  23. I don’t like the dropping of the tracker that seems to be happening. I *like* the fine adjustment abilities i get with it.

  24. That’s why I started to hate HTC. All their phones look like dorky plastic toys.

  25. Hell, I’d buy it.

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