When looking at today’s smartphones, you could argue that most of them look alike. All of them have a full touchscreen on the front, with has a metal or glass back. If it wasn’t for the brand logo, it could be difficult to tell one from the other. But there have been some unique smartphone designs in the last decade.
Quite obviously the Kodak phone was aimed at those interested in photography, and is inspired by vintage Kodak cameras. The phone has a faux leather back, with a large lens ring and a small grip on the bottom. Matter of fact, it looks like a digital camera when kept face down. There is also a dedicated camera button on the side, which adds to the overall unique appearance.
The camera on the phone has a 21MP sensor with optical image stabilization. The front has a 13MP shooter. Specifications include a 5-inch full HD display, Helio X20 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 3,000mAh battery.
Even though it is now becoming a standard, the Infinity edge display on Samsung’s current flagship devices is a thing of beauty. Both the phones have a dual curved screen with super AMOLED panel for colours that pop out.
The phones have a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440 pixels and are powered by octacore Exynos processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and a 3,000mAh battery (3,500mAh on S8+). Also both have a 12MP camera with f1.7 aperture alongside optical image stabilization along with an 8MP front camera with f1.7 aperture for low light.
Mi Max 2
Mi Max 2 may seem generic with an all-metal unibody, however, its size is what makes it unique. The phone is the only phone which has a 6.44-inch display in a sleek body.
The massive screen makes a smartphone with a 5.5-inch display appear small. Along with this is the 2.5D curved glass which is over the display. You, therefore, get a large-screen premium looking smartphone that is also a conversation starter.
Nubia is the first and currently the only brand which offers a smartphone with a true edge to edge display. It doesn’t have a curved screen, but the phone’s 5.5-inch full HD display stretches to the edge on both sides. In fact, there is actually no bezel on the left or right of the screen making the phone’s design appear extremely unique.
Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry’s Passport stands out with its unique square form factor. The phone has a screen (4.5-inch IPS with 1,440 x 1,440 pixels resolution) with a unique 1:1 aspect ratio. Below the screen are three rows of a physical QWERTY keyboard with an integrated touch sensor to use it for navigation when required.
Many more interesting smartphones designs are yet to be seen. With the much-anticipated introduction of fingerprint sensors underneath the touchscreen, we may see many smartphones go the iPhone X way, and do away with bezels entirely.