Towards the end of January, it was revealed that a Taiwanese company called Polytron Technologies is preparing a transparent smartphone. Images of a prototype of the device showed that the handset features an almost fully transparent device, save for several parts such as its CPU, ports, camera, microSD card slot, speakers, microphone, and batteries.
Now, the Mobile Geeks team got a chance to get a hands-on experience of the device in Taoyuan, Taiwan. According to their report, the prototype of the transparent smartphone is still in the “early stages of hardware integration,” and still has no software on it. Polytron Technologies’ objective at the moment, they say, is to “get OEMs excited about the potential of Polytrons technology.”
Mobile Geeks confirms the presence of visible components on the transparent handset, including the SD card, which they note to be the “most glaring” part of the handset. To downplay this factor, the SIM card will be positioned above the SD card. Also onboard are two batteries, and on the top part, a camera, a microphone, and a speaker. Mobile Geeks also says that Polytron Technologies could opt to darken the lower part of the device to hide the parts of the handset that are not transparent.
The smartphone makes use of Smart Glass technology, which renders the device opaque when it is turned off, because of the random orientation of liquid crystal molecules. Once its power is on, however, according to Mobile Geeks, “the liquid crystals line up and the incident light is able to pass through making the glass look clear.”
Polytron Technologies calculates that the transparent smartphone will be out in the market by the end of the year. Some, however, are doubting this estimate.
In any case, the transparent smartphone appears to be an interesting idea which seems straight out of a science fiction film. Whether consumers will find a transparent handset useful, however, is still unclear at this point.
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