Amazing 'Surface-N' Windows Phone concept video unearthed

Even as Nokia prepares to reveal some new Windows Phone Lumia smartphones on Tuesday, one Chinese designer already has a terrific idea for what future Windows Phone devices might look like and how they will work.

In a YouTube video that was posted in March but only recently promoted, designer KuanGaa Chen of IDEA Mediaworks brings us the 'Surface-N' concept video. As you can see above, the concept shows a display that fills almost the entire side of the case. It states that the phone would have 4K resolution along with Gorilla Glass that is 0.44 mm thick.

The Windows Phone UI has received some changes in this concept, while still retaining its Modern design, with some new looks for the app menu, the main information screen and more. Inside, the Surface-N is supposed to have a Lytro light field camera that would allow its owners to focus on elements in a picture after that image has been taken. Even changing the color theme of the phone can result in changing the color of part of its exterior, something which we think could be possible in smartphones right now.

Perhaps the most advanced part of the Surface-N concept is its holographic display, which would allow for 3D maps and other object to pop out of the screen itself. This kind of feature shown in the video is obviously years away from happening, but there are rumors that Amazon is working on some kind of smartphone with a 3D screen.

In the real world, we're pretty sure it would take a phone with a much more powerful processor and graphics chip to handle the holograms shown in the video. We also have to wonder what the battery life would be like for the Surface-N when the holo-screen is turned on. Even though this concept video shows a device that is more science fiction than fact at this point, the Surface-N clip is really cool to look at and we would love to own one ... someday.

Source: YouTube via WPCentral.com

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If you'll go back to that YT video, you'll see my reality-based commentary.

If you don't want to do that, here are my comments:

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It amazes me when people who have absolutely NO CLUE as to how hardware actually works want things like smartphones with "Transparent Screens" and "Air Holographic" screens go nuts for this kind of crap.

"Transparent Screens" that use the whole area of the phone will *never* happen until someone can figure out a way to make things like Transparent BATTERIES, CPUs & MEMORY. Hate to break your bubble, it will never happen. EVER

As for "Air Holographics"? Those systems use WATER VAPOR.

ScottKin said,
If you'll go back to that YT video, you'll see my reality-based commentary.

If you don't want to do that, here are my comments:

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It amazes me when people who have absolutely NO CLUE as to how hardware actually works want things like smartphones with "Transparent Screens" and "Air Holographic" screens go nuts for this kind of crap.

"Transparent Screens" that use the whole area of the phone will *never* happen until someone can figure out a way to make things like Transparent BATTERIES, CPUs & MEMORY. Hate to break your bubble, it will never happen. EVER

As for "Air Holographics"? Those systems use WATER VAPOR.

LOL Agreed. But some of the other (Less out there) ideas were nice. That's what I'm preferring to focus on.

thin bezel = UX noob....

unless Microsoft somehow managed to invent a way to differentiate a touch with finger tip and accidental touch with palm.

It was a cool mock design. A LED color bar around a device would be sweet. As for an Amazon phone with 3D... I don't expect it would be any different than the LG phone that featured 3D without glasses tech. The thing that Amazon could do with the technology is bring it to the masses with greater impact, thus making it more common and the other manufacturers might put them in their designs as well. One can hope no?

Saw the word "unearthed", thought Callaham - correct. It's not like this concept video was created to be hidden...and its simply a concept video. Trading sensationalism for clicks, woo...

ANYWAYS: phone looks sweet. Still want a facebook app with toast notifications, any of WP8 people in the beta want to please me by telling me that is coming?? Currently stuck on 7.5 thanks to HTC being d**** even though I have a Titan.

Alladaskill17 said,
Saw the word "unearthed", thought Callaham - correct. It's not like this concept video was created to be hidden...and its simply a concept video. Trading sensationalism for clicks, woo...

ANYWAYS: phone looks sweet. Still want a facebook app with toast notifications, any of WP8 people in the beta want to please me by telling me that is coming?? Currently stuck on 7.5 thanks to HTC being d**** even though I have a Titan.


LMAO +1

Alladaskill17 said,
Saw the word "unearthed", thought Callaham - correct. It's not like this concept video was created to be hidden...and its simply a concept video. Trading sensationalism for clicks, woo...

ANYWAYS: phone looks sweet. Still want a facebook app with toast notifications, any of WP8 people in the beta want to please me by telling me that is coming?? Currently stuck on 7.5 thanks to HTC being d**** even though I have a Titan.

Doesn't the new Facebook have toast? I'm sure it does, at least on my 920.

The hologram thing is a bit much for a smartphone. I am very open-minded about the possibility of technology, but I don't see a true need or use for holographic content on smartphones. If there were, it'd be very gimmicky and for the "cool" effect, but not a practical utility. Now for Surface tables, then definitely.

I do like the sleek scrollbar that's super minimalistic and fades as you hit the bottom of the start screen. I've always thought a notification center would be cool, and swiping left of the home screen is an interesting idea, but would require a tap and a swipe to access it from any part of the phone. I like the calling feature where you can actually see a full screen pic of the contact you're calling. I'm a bit dubious about the way he did his app list organization.

Overall, nice video and awesome effects though. I wish I had those skills to illustrate my own WP dream mock-ups.

Transparent screen? So where would one put the circuit boards?

Actually, it would be cool if the screen could electronically become more or less transparent... That way the camera app wouldnt have to show a feed from the camera sensor, it could just make the screen transparent and it would snap what you see through the phone

Ah, daydreams...

mlowijs said,
Transparent screen? So where would one put the circuit boards?

Actually, it would be cool if the screen could electronically become more or less transparent... That way the camera app wouldnt have to show a feed from the camera sensor, it could just make the screen transparent and it would snap what you see through the phone

Ah, daydreams...


Nice idea.
Transparent phones are already a reality.. well for the most part. Sim cards and batteries are still visible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?f...dded&v=tkhWXspmiYE#!;

Wow, the detail he worked into it!! I especially liked the notification Center opening up with swipe to the left of the screen and the categorisations done in the Apps list view.

Good to see in the future we're back to using Windows Phone 7.

It was fine until it got silly with the hologram stuff.

Walrush said,
Good to see in the future we're back to using Windows Phone 7.

It was fine until it got silly with the hologram stuff.

HAHAHA, Indeed.

This is totally where Windows Phone is heading. The hologram stuff was kinda silly, but I have no doubts that will come in the next few years.

I love that Info centre and new App list menu with the categories.

j2006 said,

I love that Info centre and new App list menu with the categories.

Agreed. I would really like to be able to organize my apps like that. That would be awesome.

Agree with the hologram stuff, but could be useful in business settings. However, I don't like the Windows Phone 7 interface; I think that the Windows Phone 8 interface looks much nicer.

But the categorical tiles in App Menu should be horizontal, just like there are horizontal tiles in Information Center (the ui should be consistent), but an alphabetical tile is missing in the App Menu as it should be there by default - if, by Jebus, this is where Windows Phone ui is heading

ehh.... actually don't really like this. i was expecting the Surface, in a phone form factor. this is shiny and fancy, but it's not "Surface", they're just hijacking the name for publicity.

primexx said,
ehh.... actually don't really like this. i was expecting the Surface, in a phone form factor. this is shiny and fancy, but it's not "Surface", they're just hijacking the name for publicity.

I would love to see MS implement the OS modifications shown in the video.

You don't have to. You can turn it off or use it as LED notification which it will flash when the text or call comes in.

I like the led all the way around the phone.

It would obviously be a setting... no one would be dumb enough to keep that on all the time otherwise the battery would drain. I guess that's why it's called "Emotion Theme" since it depends on your mood.