New Microsoft Concept Phone

Microsoft is designing up concepts on a multi-purpose phone using more than just software. touch screens have been revolutionized but nothing beats a hardware controller. Anyone who has played app games knows this. Whats your opinion on their ideas? including the heavy syncing they are developing with windows live including this phone and also the up and coming Windows 8

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We know Microsoft for its software chops, but the company is tinkering with some innovative hardware design concepts on the side.

A recent Microsoft patent describes a smartphone with a slide-out section that can house one of several modules, including a QWERTY keyboard, a gaming pad, a second display or a battery pack. Even better: The modules work wirelessly when they aren’t docked in the smartphone’s slider. Another useful way the modular smartphone concept could be used: The keyboard can be used as a controller while the smartphone acts as a TV-connected media hub.

Such a modular design combines capabilities normally found in different phones or accessories. For a gaming pad, your phone of choice right now would be something like the Xperia Arc. Want a slide-out QWERTY keyboard? You’re probably looking at one of several Android smartphones. If you’re looking for extra juice, you’ll need a special case or a phone with a removable battery.

How would something like this work if it came out within the next year or so?

With continued Xbox Live integration with Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), gaming would definitely be fun with the d-pad module.

If you’re writing long emails or sending text after text, a QWERTY keyboard can be more comfortable to use but not something you necessarily need all the time. Windows Phone has tight social media integration, which would make it easy to stay connected with friends and family and keep chatting via email, Facebook or other methods.

Windows’ Live Tile-based UI looks fantastic on a single display. I can only imagine that spreading to dual screens — the ability to check status updates, weather notifications and more on one, and watch video, check email or browse the web on the other. However, dual-screened devices have largely disappointed in practice. Perhaps the slide-out, rather than the folding-style double screen, could be an improvement though.

A battery-pack module would be ideal for a long day (or weekend) traveling when you may not have access to an outlet for charging, like on a camping trip. Your phone would be alive — but would you have access to 3G or 4G? At least you’d be able to take photos and perhaps access some sort of offline map app. Along the same lines, a battery pack could keep the phone juiced up while you use the gaming pad wirelessly.

Would such a design be practical? Smartphones wear many hats these days, especially if it is being shared among members of a household (web-surfing mom or dad, text-happy kids who also suck batteries dry playing games … you get the picture). The biggest problem might be misplacing modules and the risk of dirt or debris damaging the slider.

Microsoft’s patent isn’t the first of its kind. Other modular cellphones include the Modu Phone, which featured interchangeable cases and a prototype from NTT Docomo. More recently, we’ve seen the smartphone itself work with larger accessories, like with the Motorola Atrix and its laptop dock.

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  • 1

    Very interesting post. Looking for more! :))

    • Linas
    • September 26, 2011, 9:45 pm
    thanks! i was actually gonna make one about this phone i really like, but that doesnt seem conceptual enough because its already being sold lol. itd be more of a oo look at this device
    - bufus101 September 27, 2011, 3:33 am
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    this does fall under advisement dosen't it?

    really? i mean im not like getting any profit from this lol. just trying to spread information to sharenators because i know a lot of the people on this site are very technical and love stuff like this. plus i really like it myself and the main reason i post stuff like this is to talk about it
    - bufus101 September 25, 2011, 8:52 am
    i can see what you are saying though. should i possibly re word the post? on the lines of "new phone ideas from microsoft, whats your opinion?"
    - bufus101 September 25, 2011, 8:53 am
    oh ok i was just wondering that all
    - castlewarsisawsome September 25, 2011, 8:54 am
    that sounds better the new phones
    - castlewarsisawsome September 25, 2011, 8:55 am
    i think it is fine im actually pretty interested in it right now
    - buddyfoeva September 25, 2011, 8:59 am
    well the main reason i asked is so i didnt start a shit storm by removing it
    - castlewarsisawsome September 25, 2011, 11:02 am
    lets talk? =D
    - bufus101 September 25, 2011, 5:59 pm
    and yes, thank you for the heads up lol.
    - bufus101 September 25, 2011, 5:59 pm
    do you happen to know when this might release? Im gonna get a new phone in the next month or two
    - buddyfoeva September 25, 2011, 6:23 pm
    oh i dont think this will be that close coming. its in the concept stage, as you can see by the beautiful schematics above lol. but yeah it will probably be a while. unless they try to rush it out for christmas
    - bufus101 September 26, 2011, 1:46 am
    I was hoping they would lol it would just be in time for the new OS and everything. I guess im just waiting for android 4.0 then
    - buddyfoeva September 26, 2011, 4:22 am
    new OS? and im confused. phones are up to 2.2.3 correct? and tablets started at 3. so are the tablets getting to 4 while the phones get to 3? too many version numbers haha
    - bufus101 September 26, 2011, 4:38 am
    nah the new version of android is gonna be a multi-platform OS. Each tablet and phone will run 4.0 kinda like the ipad and iphone and that. Google is telling manafacturers that make phones for the new OS to put in to make sure they are capable of any update for 18 months which is the biggest part of the reason why im waiting for the update. that and better 4g phones by then
    - buddyfoeva September 26, 2011, 4:42 am
    true. if i had to choose a phone to have right now, it would be the droid bionic. i wanted to wait until that came out to buy a smartphone but they pushed the release date back about 3 months so i got the thunderbolt instead. now im just sitting back thinking "i cant imagine where smartphones will be in 2 years when my plan is up" lol
    - bufus101 September 26, 2011, 5:07 am
    yeah lol i am gonna get whatever phone htc has out. I prefer them over many manafacturers for there build quality
    - buddyfoeva September 26, 2011, 7:36 am
    yeah i love the htc phones. they have really vivid color in the software and their hardware is quality. motorolla goes for more of a solid steel type look it seems to me. like their UI is more blunt
    - bufus101 September 26, 2011, 9:49 am
    Yeah motorola really doesnt appeal to me at all. the droids they have i dont like the look of them at all. I dont like the motoblur thing at all
    - buddyfoeva September 26, 2011, 11:02 am
    what is the motoblur? is that their UI? and the only phone i like by them so far is the droid bionic. that phone looks sickkkk lol
    - bufus101 September 26, 2011, 11:57 am
    motoblur is a program they put on which blows dick i cant even explain it at all
    - buddyfoeva September 26, 2011, 5:44 pm
    good description lol. my friend said when he got his motorolla phone he immediately took that shit off and he told me it made the phone like 10x better
    - bufus101 September 26, 2011, 5:46 pm
    haha yeah im sure it did. but ill just take a phone wihtout it from the start haha
    - buddyfoeva September 26, 2011, 6:18 pm
    yeah thats your best bet lol. i might get a tablet eventually. well see. im trying not to buy any expensive electronics until i get out of college and have time to see what i want and how much money i have
    - bufus101 September 27, 2011, 12:28 pm
    i just buy all the electronics now because im in college haha I want play things right now
    - buddyfoeva September 27, 2011, 5:38 pm
    exactly why im trying to wait and save my money lol
    - bufus101 September 27, 2011, 5:43 pm
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