From feature phones to smartphones, flat screen to curved, fragile to shatterproof, mobile phones have evolved over the years. Although many industry analysts would like to call the current level of innovation reaching a stagnation point, there still are some manufacturers which have been able to surprise consumers by truly packing something different in their smartphones.
Motorola X force – Shatterproof display
Display today is the most vulnerable yet the most neglected element in modern smartphones. But Motorola finally paid heed to the fragile screen with the launch of the the Motorola X Force – the world’s first smartphone with a shatterproof display. The phone uses the Moto ShatterShield display technology, which is said to be an integrated system consisting of five layers designed from materials that absorb shock from impact and are guaranteed not to shatter.
Jupiter IO 3 – Smokable Phone
Giving a completely new twist to the idea of e-cigarettes, a US-based company Vaporcade unveiled what is touted as the world’s first smartphone that you can smoke. The Jupiter IO 3 comes with a battery-powered vape and a button to regulate the heat and get a stronger pull. The quirky smartphone has an opening on the top where one could attach a flavoured liquid cartridge with a mouthpiece and smoke right from the device. The device not only functions as a way to quit smoking but is 3G-enabled and thus, lets you place calls, text, browse the web like any regular smartphone.
3. LG G5 – Modular Phone
A modular smartphone is made out of separate components, which enables users to replace or upgrade certain functions independently. With LG’s G5, the first modular flagship, users will be able to pop out the phone’s bottom and swap in new hardware features. Adding onto the uniqueness, the phone also features dual rear cameras and an always-on display. The phone will be launched in India sometime this quarter.
4. Sony Z5 – 4K display
Pumping more pixels per inch resolution onto a smartphone display is what makes Sony stand out with its Z5 which is the world’s first smartphone that boasts a 4K display. A 4K display is sharper and scales up your images or videos to a higher quality. The 5.5-inch display on the Sony Z5 packs in four times the resolution of Full HD with 806 ppi for ultra sharp viewing experience.
5. Saygus V Squared – Two microSD card slots
How much storage is too much storage? Saygus – an American smartphone maker – is offering not one but two memory card slots, each a bumper 200 GB capable, over the existing 64 GB internal storage in its V Squared smartphone. The highlights don’t end just here. The phone also features a unique fingerprint scanner at its side. The Saygus V Squared has also been awarded the Top Disruptive Innovation CES 2015 award.