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Polytron Unveils World's First Fully Transparent Smartphone

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Nothing Here    450

The only visible components are the board, chips, memory card and camera.

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Taiwanese firm Polytron Technologies has revealed the world's first fully transparent smartphone prototype. As you can see in the pictures above and below, the prototype device is almost fully transparent. The only components visible on the device are the board, chips memory card and camera.

The rest of the device is a piece of glass that sports a small touchscreen (also transparent) located in the center of the device. According to Polytron, its technology may be available by the end of 2013.

South Korean technology giant Samsung, meanwhile, revealed Youm at CES 2013, a flexible and bendable OLED display manufactured for smartphones.

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zeta_immersion    68

I would like to see it being turned on and such (source link not working) ..

quite interesting actually how they got the screen to be transparent

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billyea    198

I'd imagine a transparent screen is going to have terrible contrast ratio, and even worse sunlight performance, but that's just me.

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neufuse    2,791

anyone else think somethign seems off about those pictures? they say only visible things are the chips and sd cars.... all I see is an ultra small PCB at the bottom which wouldn't even hold the smallest SoC designs right now... something just doesn't seem right

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metallithrax    491

The only visible components are the board, chips, memory card and camera.

Then it isn't fully transparent as the title states.

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Hum    6,930

How will you find it ? :huh:

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Astra.Xtreme    2,135

I don't know about you guys, but I like to see my screen; not see through it. :D

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techbeck    5,110

Transparent is good...but I am really liking this...

http://youtu.be/hlMGnVP_-N4

Samsung is really coming out with some cool stuff.

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giantpotato    296

Where's the battery?

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SYBINX    42

Was it just me who went dry at the mouth because your mouth was open throughout the entire recording. This is amazing, I want ne now...

Dam and I just bought a new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 :(

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Steven P.    8,815

Where's the battery?

That was my first thought as well!

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Detection    2,256

Where's the battery?

Yea, its fully transparent until you put the battery in

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xendrome    4,446

Where is the radio transmitter or logic board or anything? If anything this has 2 screen and 2 cameras on both sides and is simulating transparency like digital-camo, otherwise this is a hoax or just a joke image. Look closly at the image below.zoom in, it looks like 2 pieces of plexiglass glued to gether, even the "1" in the center is glued onto the glass, look at the top left/right corners. There is no interface for the SDCard, no control/logic boards.

I could have made this with crap laying in my garage and a broken smart phone.... I can't believe how many outlets ran this story..

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Raa    1,408

How will you find it ? :huh:

Ring it, duh!!! :p

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Detection    2,256

Where is the radio transmitter or logic board or anything? If anything this has 2 screen and 2 cameras on both sides and is simulating transparency like digital-camo, otherwise this is a hoax or just a joke image. Look closly at the image below.zoom in, it looks like 2 pieces of plexiglass glued to gether, even the "1" in the center is glued onto the glass, look at the top left/right corners. There is no interface for the SDCard, no control/logic boards.

I could have made this with crap laying in my garage and a broken smart phone.... I can't believe how many outlets ran this story..

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The fact that the 'prototype' is so obviously hacked together makes me think its more than a fake report

For transparent connections between components I was thinking fibre optics maybe, but there would still need to be some sort of mechanism to catch and release the MicroSD

Plus it looks like soldered ends to the MicroUSB port too

I can't see it being a working prototype, possibly a mock up of what they imagine it to look like

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xendrome    4,446

I can't see it being a working prototype, possibly a mock up of what they imagine it to look like

If the word mock-up was used, it would be all good, but prototype changes things. Honestly though the real issue here is, why.. I can't think of any good practical application where this would benefit anyone, all it would do is create problems we didn't have before as others have touched on above.

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Detection    2,256

If the word mock-up was used, it would be all good, but prototype changes things. Honestly though the real issue here is, why.. I can't think of any good practical application where this would benefit anyone, all it would do is create problems we didn't have before as others have touched on above.

It would be clearer, agreed, but there are non-working prototypes and working prototypes

The main company I can see this appealing to, would be Apple, they really work hard on perfection in terms of looks, lots of glass and shine

If they could work out how to build an iPhone with this transparent design, and make it look good, then.... yea I can imagine them going for it

Wasn't there some mockup for a fully glass designed iPhone released a good while back, by someone other than Apple ?

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Hum    6,930

Where's the battery?

YOU are the battery :p

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YouWhat    15

Wasn't there some mockup for a fully glass designed iPhone released a good while back, by someone other than Apple ?

http://www.concept-phones.com/nokia/transparent-nokia-phone-features-touchscreen-great/

http://www.zdnet.com/photos-nokia-shows-off-flexible-phones-1339286304/#photo

are those the ones you was thinking of?

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tiagosilva29    885

But... why?

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LUTZIFER    473

Looks fake to me. Like others have mentioned... no battery, so that'd have to connect somehow, plus the ports would have to connect somehow, plus where's the internal antenna? There'd have to be some wiring in there.

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Growled    3,880

I'll pass. It seems like a gimmick to me. I wouldn't like it at all.

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