General Mobile DSTL1
Deemed to be the world’s first dual-SIM card handset running on Android, this General Mobile prototype sports a 3-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, and 4GB of on-board storage. A good all-rounder, the DSTL1 is also expected to come with a 5-megapixel camera (with autofocus) and DivX playback support. But no word on a release date since we first saw this phone in February.
Love on the rocks between Lenovo and Android with this sleek prototype. The OPhone will include a 5-megapixel camera (with autofocus, flash, and video recording) and a microSD card slot, and comes with Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity. Unfortunately the Lenovo OPhone will work only with Chinese 3G technology, so you can’t use one of these anywhere else when it gets released sometime in Q4.
NiMble Home Phone
Android could be showing up on your home phone. The perks of a nonmobile Android phone are a 7-inch multitouch screen (800 X 400 resolution), a speedy 624MHz Marvel processor, and 512MB of storage with SD expansion. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are on board also, plus some dedicated software for the $300 home phone. Expect to see the Touch Revolution NiMble sometime in September.
The i6 may be the only dual-OS smartphone in the world, and it comes from China. This 3G phone can run both Android and Windows Mobile 6.1 and is powered by a 624MHz processor. With a 2.8-inch screen and a 2-megapixel camera, the i6 also does GPS and beefs up storage via microSD. These guys were lucky enough to get a hands-on with this HTC look-alike.
Made by the same company behind the General Mobile DSTL1, this prototype is meant to be its cheaper sibling, though sharing most of the specs. The Xphone-SDK has, among its highlights, a 3-megapixel camera, 256MB of internal storage (expandable via MicroSD up to 16GB), a 3-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.0. Again, no official release date has been mentioned for this handset.
Alienware Android Phone
Here is an Android prototype/concept created by Jas Seehra for the Web site Dial-a-Phone. Although we’ve titled this roundup “11 Cool Android Prototypes We’d Like to See,” this is the exception–we hope it never makes it to market. Why? Simply because it is ugly.
This mockup of an Alienware phone first showed up as a rumor. At the time, February 2008, the buzz was that Dell was about to enter (again) the mobile market with something more inspiring than the Axim handheld it discontinued in 2007. And what could power a hip Alienware phone? Android of course.
Here’s hoping Dell won’t give any thought to this concept.
For a look at some ugly cell phones that actually did make it to market see “Dirty Dozen Ugliest and Lamest Cell Phones.”