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10 awesome smartphone concepts that may never exist

We can already do a million and one things with the smart phones in our pockets, but who knows what phones will be able to do in the future. Contact lens phones, gold tooth phones, earring phones – the possibilities are endless. Here at Digital Trends, we’re personally rooting for the eye patch phone because if you want to be cool, you gotta wear an eye patch, mahn. Below are 10 cool concept phones that we came across while we were wakeboarding the Internet.

Tron phone

TRON phone

This phone will never be made, because it doesn’t work, but we think it’s pretty cool. This phone was designed by Andrew D. Morgan with inspiration from the Tron Legacy film. They essentially felt that the programs in the grid would need a way to communicate. Stay tuned for AT&T’s manufacturing of this phone once the grid becomes a real thing. 

Likelihood of existing: Lower than grandpa’s … life expectancy?

Nokia 2030


This phone was designed by Jim Chan and it’s pretty cool looking. It would be made of titanium and glass, and you could attach colored film to the glass to customize it. The Nokia 2030 would be scratch-resistant and small, at only 2 x 4.75 x 0.25 inches and have a touchscreen. Oddly, it still has a physical phone number pad. Even with a super thin glass screen, it can’t hide its age.

Likelihood of existing: Somewhat low



This has to be our personal favorite among the concepts. It’s almost obnoxiously playful, but we like the functions they’ve created and the creativity. This isn’t the old smiley face on the Android text message icon, it’s a phone designed to express a more personal relationship with the cold, hard piece of technology that you so frequently communicate with. This phone would have facial-based icons based on what you’re doing, day/night themes, and a really cool alarm clock that lifts the phone to face you when it goes off. To turn the alarm off you simply press the phone back down to a horizontal position. The “peeling” function can also act as a notification, in lieu of a vibration. This phone is said to have the capability of responding to your emotions. This phone was designed by Julius Tarng.

Likelihood of existing: Pretty low



This phone is actually coming out. Whoa! This wristwatch phone is much sleeker than many other concepts that have floated through the market. There are plenty of smartwatches out there, but this watch has a bigger screen and seemingly more versatility. Not only will it have cool features, it will be using one of the fastest processors on the market. Using the OMAP 5, this phone will let you simultaneously display three HD videos or display one on a 3D screen. This phone will have 4G, of course, and USB 3.0. It will also have 128 – 256GB of internal flash storage for storing your files, most likely music. The battery will last you about two days. It’s also waterproof! So far, it looks like you’ll be spending about $550.00 on this little guy when it comes out at the end of the year. 

Likelihood of existing: It’s actually coming.

iPhone PRO concept

iphone 5 pro

The iPhone PRO concept by Jinyoung Choi is a phone for photographers. This phone concept might not be the most practical, but it is a really interesting concept. With camera phones going the way they are, it seems almost criminal that they don’t have better lenses. It looks as if you’d even be able to create a small projection from the lens, somehow, judging from the photos above. It’s an interesting concept, but most iPhone users probably don’t want to carry the lens around very often. 

Sony has a similar phone concept that is actually coming out, for real. We are serious. You can read an article about it here

Likelihood of existing: It’s already happening at Sony.

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