By Stephen Schenck | November 23, 2011 12:39 PM
Keeping an eye on the names that companies in the the smartphone game register for trademark protection can sometimes give us a heads-up as to upcoming devices. Not every name will end up as a product, and it’s not always clear just what sort of device we’re talking about; what sounds like it’s a cool smartphone could end up something quite more banal. The latest to catch our attention is the Hologram, registered by Verizon; what might it be?
The obvious place to go seems to be smartphones with autostereoscopic displays, but would that be a likely release for the carrier? We haven’t exactly seen these no-glasses-required 3D screens blast-off in popularity as phones featuring them became widely available earlier this year, but at the same time they’re not really bombing, either. While Sprint and AT&T have their 3D options in the States, Verizon’s been left out. In that light, we could understand the company wanting to play catch-up, but we’re still unsure if Verizon would even see this specific market niche as one worth pursuing. If the Hologram does end up as a 3D phone, there’s a good chance it will be a re-branded model we’ve already heard about; just which one, though?
What about any other possibilities? The name Hologram evokes a feeling of crisp, technical, high-end imagery; maybe we’re staying in the 2D realm, but just talking about a device with a high-resolution, high-pixel-density display. There are any number of upcoming 720p smartphones that could fit that bill, not to mention tablets.
Any other guesses what Verizon might be planning for the Hologram?