Published on February 15th,2010 at 6:07 PM
By >Akihabara News Team

Constin introduced its latest smart phone design: NewCon (New Convertible)

You probably have not heard about the company Constin GmbH before. It is a Berlin-based company engaged in the development and production of plastic parts broadly speaking. But not since quite long ago the name Hans Constin has rather started to be known as the name behind the Smart Phone design of Communicators, at least in certain circles.

At WMC, Constin introduced its latest design concept “NewCon (New Convertible)” this time. Simply put, it is a Touch Smartphone with full keyboard, and according to Hans Constin “devices that are manufactured according to the new NewCon patent offer the largest keyboard, the thinnest profile and a touch display similar to the iPhone“.

MWC Barcelona from 15.-18. February 2010:
A prototype of the NewCon can be seen at ITM
Hall 2 Stand 2J50 (Ralph Kimmig)

In 1995 Hans Constin filed a patent for the Smartphone design of the well known Communicators. He still holds the worldwide patents today. Now in the era of touch smartphones à la iPhone, he is raising the bar.

His latest patent application “NewCon” (New Convertible) describes the Smartphone design which is like the iPhone with a large touch screen. By flipping open and turning the compact Smartphone you instantly have, as it were, a mini laptop with a full PC keyboard. A special feature – includes all keys which can be found on larger keyboards. No keys are missing, and all are to be found in the same places that one is familiar with on larger keyboards.

“Devices of this type are fully fledged Mini PCs and are just as easy to use“ says Hans Constin. “Users of smartphones who need to enter text, often complain about the functionality and ergonomics of input options. Devices that are manufactured according to the new NewCon patent offer the largest keyboard, the thinnest profile and a touch display similar to the iPhone“.

Devices with this type of design enable users to always have their PCs to hand and eliminate the need to fiddle around with a touch keyboard. “Similar devices such as the HTC Touch Pro 2 do have a keyboard” says Constin, “but the sliding mechanism which moves the screen, only permits half of the possible keyboard surface to be used. Many users who are frustrated with touch keyboards would be delighted to use their Smartphones as PCs. Whether the mobile phone industry responds to these new ideas remains to be seen.“

Via Constin
Category Phones
              
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Comments
 

  • Caz

    Is Hans Constin not aware of the XDA Exec/HTC Universal that has this exact same ‘flip and twist’ way of opening up to become a mini laptop phone? (Albeit that was maybe bigger than this phone).

    I’ve had a couple of Xda Execs and they remain my favourite ever phone.

    Prototype? Not a new idea as far as I can see!

 

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