How often do we find ourselves complaining about how all smartphones look the same these days? That far too many are cookie-cutter copies of an uninspiring design? And won’t someone come to rescue us from this chain of phone after phone with the same basic look? Well, at lease one German manufacturer has its eyes on smartphones that deviate from the pack, and this week Linshof shares some info about its i8 Android, a handset with some solid hardware, a nice price, and an eye-catching look.
With its clipped corners, the Linshof i8 finds itself rocking an octagonal look that’s a bit reminiscent of old Motorola models – though somewhat more pronounced here. But what makes the i8 so interesting isn’t even its shape, but the hardware within. The big figure that stands out here is the 80GB of storage the phone gets. That includes a 64GB data partition and a 16GB higher-speed flash chip for application storage. It’s far from the most storage capacity we’ve seen a phone get, but for one with a price tag of just $380 off contract, it’s hard to beat.
Other specs include a five-inch 1080p display, 3GB of “fast-clocked” RAM, 2.1GHz octa-core SoC (of unspecified manufacturer), 13MP Sony rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, and an 8MP front-facer. The phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, topped off with Linshof’s custom UI.
If all that 80GB isn’t enough for you, Linshof also plans to sell a 144GB model (presumably 128GB + 16GB). There’s even going to be a tablet version of this hardware, picking up a 10.1-inch 2048 x 1536 panel. Look for all this gear to start hitting retail sometime during the first quarter of next year.