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[Updated] Made In Germany - the Linshof i8 is an upcoming $380 octa-core flagship with 80GB of internal storage

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[Updated] Made In Germany - the Linshof i8 is an upcoming $380 octa-core flagship with 80GB of internal storage
UPDATE 19/12/2014: It looks like Linshof quietly bit the dust. The company's official website now reads: "Linshof is closed. We understood that it would be a difficult project and we are grateful for having the opportunity to work on it. Unfortunately, our investors decided to close the project due to their own internal reasons. Thank you all for your wonderful support. Note: We have never accepted any kind of pre-orders, donations, or third party investments. All our liabilities and obligations were paid in full." Better luck next time, gentlemen!

Smartphones are yet to appear among autobahns, beer, cars, sauerkraut, Chancellor Merkel, and other homegrown samples of German culture that paint a vivid picture of the nation for the rest of the world to see. But the newly introduced Linshof i8 begs to differ. It's a seriously custom phone with its own unconventional design, proprietary user interface, and some curiosities in its spec sheet that Linshof kindly clarified for us. 

For starters, the phone has a 5-inch 1080p display with "Super AMOLED, IPS technology". That's impossible, of course, so let's explain. The company has functional prototypes with both display technologies, and will most likely produce both versions for different markets. CEO Dr. Tomas Bencik assured us that it "carefully color calibrated the Super AMOLED version" because it had "a little bit crazy colors, in our standards". Thus, both displays should be near identical in color reproduction.

Moving on, the Linshof i8 has 80GB of internal storage, which is an unusual number. How so? Linshof used one standard 64GB chip and an additional 16GB module, "dedicated to apps" and "clocked much faster than usual". Both modules are supplied by SanDisk. The smartphone is powered by a 32-bit octa-core 2.1GHz processor paired with 3GB of "fast clocked RAM". As the final specs could change ahead of the Q1 2015 release date (which happens all the time), Linshof opted not to elaborate right now.

Moving along, there is a 13MP rear camera with a 28mm wide-angle lens, F1.8 aperture value for low-light photography, and a Sony CMOS sensor. The front camera is an 8MP unit, but we all know it takes more than megapixels to take that perfect selfie.

A seriously custom phone with a very competitive price


The package is rounded out by Android 5.0 Lollipop, topped off with either Linshof's custom "hardware-accelerated" UI, or an optional touch-based Linux build, which is still in early works. The UI looks like a cross between Windows Phone and Samsung TouchWiz, showing familiar tiles, fonts, and color choices. The software keys are redesigned and positioned bottom left, while the status bar appears to their right, which is an unusual arrangement.

A 3100mAh battery drives the phone, which also offers GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, an electronic compass, a gyroscope, HDMI 1.4 support with 3D, NFC and WiFi/LTE (4G).

How much will you pay for all that? The Linshof i8 is priced at $380 unlocked, which is a very competitive price. It is expected to ship in Q1 2015. For tablet fans, a 10-inch Linshof tablet with the same design language and specs, save for a 2048x1536 display and 9000mAh battery will be available around the same time.


source: Linshof

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posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:21 10

1. ianneo (Posts: 41; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)


Am I the only one who thinks this is ugly?

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 06:15 13

11. Rajanvir (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


yes..

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 06:26 3

13. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Not ugly but awkward. I don't like it's UI. But great specs for its price!

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 06:41

16. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1342; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


I kinda like those tiles. Want it on my WP. But overall UI looks unpolished.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:02 3

20. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I've always said Windows Phone UI is probably the best designed UIbesides Zune which inspired WP . I largely disliked Microsoft before Metro UI. Flat design is the next generation of UI design. Tiles are the next generation of homescreen design. Between HTC Blinkfeed, This etc we will see homescreen move from Icons to Tiled based content filled panels.it will be interesting watching this play out and seeing how Microsoft responds if they do at all.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:47 1

29. dimas (Posts: 1887; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Also had a windows phone and it was great. Flat design is also a big battery saver. That's why google changed lollipop's overall design for beauty and longer standby time.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 16:28

42. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


At least its Lollipop.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 06:29

14. duartix (Posts: 282; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


no...

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 06:46 2

17. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1342; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Not ugly but kinda weird

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 17:20

43. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


With 82GB built in storage?! Hell yeah I'll buy this phone! who cares if its ugly I would buy it in a second.

posted on 27 Nov 2014, 08:47

46. Sealblaighter (Posts: 203; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I like the way it looks. It is not boring. Sad the screen is not 5.2 inches.

posted on 27 Nov 2014, 15:52

47. simon16 (Posts: 16; Member since: 02 May 2014)


5" is good

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:24

2. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 512; Member since: 07 May 2012)


yes, i likey...let's see it's between this and the oneplus one.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:26 4

3. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


"Super AMOLED, IPS". Seems legit.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:30 1

5. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 512; Member since: 07 May 2012)


i guess it means " or super AMOLED or IPS"

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:29

4. Firenze91 (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 Nov 2014)


Cool, i'd like to touch it for real...this bezel , wow...

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:34

6. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 512; Member since: 07 May 2012)


they should have put a 5.5 inch screen on this thing, the curved edges would make it a comfortable grip

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:35 6

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1005; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Good news for European, they should start support domestic and stop worshipping American icrap

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 06:14 3

10. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


No, because European phones suck. Archos and Alcatel are cheap and tbh not good at all, Nokia doesn't make phones anymore, Vertu is niche product for ultra rich people and Jolla hardware and software aren't suitable for mass market yet. Yotaphone seems ok, though.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:11 1

21. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


well nokia still makes vertu as they still own a large amount of shares and associate with them still but yeah other than that everything else is pretty on point

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:31 1

26. dimas (Posts: 1887; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Alcatel mobile is based in Taiwan. You must be talking about the old alcatel.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 14:59

41. eonce (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2014)


Alcatel is a TCL brand from Guangdong China.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 10:55

37. hemedans (Posts: 451; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


chinese company use alcatel brandname to produce smartphone

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:43 1

28. Johnnokia (Posts: 1060; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Nokia will be back.. It has the best hardware ever.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 06:05

8. wilsong17 (unregistered)


Will this support tmobile lte???? If it does I will a few

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:02

19. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Will this support AT&T? Bc for the price tag, this will be a great everyday phone.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:14

22. wilsong17 (unregistered)


X10 sure is

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 06:06

9. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


Wow....

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 06:25

12. vandroid (Posts: 327; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


I want it.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 06:35

15. _PHug_ (Posts: 443; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


Screen could be bigger but I like it

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:00 3

18. testguys (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Nov 2014)


WTF??? Who is writing this crap? Who does look into that information? How comes you are telling us it is made in Germany? Bulls**t! They don't provide any company information we can proof. No address, no phone, just an anonymous domain registry. Maybe your neighbour tries to make a fool out of you and set up this fancy web site with home made renders to just showing that you are totally retarding just writing crap, because of click rates. Sigh ... you should take care for us readers to provide us with background information, especially on such "never heard, new wannabe start ups, which might take preorders and then dissappear with the money" ...

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:22

23. Anterv (Posts: 172; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)


This. I already know few "companies" who just were social experiment.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:24

24. luis.d (Posts: 327; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


I know my neighbors and none of them are into web design or 3D renders, so your click rate conspiracy theory is in total jeopardy :( Besides, Microsoft and Samsung were startups at one point, too, you know. Let's give these guys a chance. It's not like they are asking for crowd donations anyway.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 08:06 1

30. testguys (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Nov 2014)


Come on ;) - the neighbor thingy was a joke - ok?! What i meant is that your information ist simply false. Until now there is no Linhof company registered in Germany, if you check it, then please where ist the VAT identification number of this "so called company". They write and post a lot. On their website, on facebook and elsewhere. But WHO are they, where is their ADDRESS, VAT etc.? What i told you, is that you just grabbed "some spread information" WITHOUT proofing it ...

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 08:43

31. waeras (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2014)


No idea how serious this company is, but the website lists their headquarter in Vienna, Austria, but their factory in Hamburg (hence the "made in" germany part).

I'd guess the company is registered in Austria and the manufacturing taking place at some random factory in Hamburg. But the website doesn't have many details tbh,.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:40 1

27. dimas (Posts: 1887; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Wow, you're full of hatred on start ups. Google started in backyard, Sony started as electronics copycat. I hope Linshof grow fast so that they can laugh back at narrow minded people like you.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 08:51 2

32. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2697; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


No adress or phone? Are you blind?

Linhof Präzisions-Systemtechnik GmbH München

Hausanschrift
Rupert-Mayer-Strasse 45
81379 München
Deutschland

Postanschrift
Postfach 70 12 29
81312 München
Deutschland

Tel +49 89 72492-0
Fax +49 89 72492-250
info@linhof.de

The company (factory) exists since 1887 and made precision cameras:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linhof

So how it is false information?

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:02 3

34. luis.d (Posts: 327; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


I think that's a different company. The one from the article is LinShof, not Linhof, and it's based in Germany & Austria.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:08

35. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2697; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Oops lol my bad :)

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 15:29

48. marek.bujko (unregistered)


Phone Arena was allowed to get caught. This is a Slovak fraud and more photos on website are Slovak cultural monuments.
It's a scam. The owner is a crook/cheater more Ltd. in Slovakia/Germany, which are in liquidation. His name is PhDr. Tomáš Benčík. Copied even the logo of the company, which in Germany manufactures cameras. The device reportedly had produced "no name" Chinese factory and not Germany.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:26

25. dimas (Posts: 1887; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


This is great news. If linshof will become a hit, chinese manufacturers will be pushed to increase their minimum storage and battery in mid range class. I think it's time to declare 4 & 8Gb storage obsolete.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 08:58

33. tokuzumi (Posts: 924; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


UI looks terrible. Phone looks OK. Those angled corners are going to make the device larger than other devices of similar screen size. I do like the storage capabilities of this device.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:42

38. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 512; Member since: 07 May 2012)


the angled corners doesn't have to affect the size of the device. i bet it is smaller than the iphone 6

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:52 1

36. justrt (Posts: 350; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


Yet to appear? Please! Germany had Siemens!!!

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:56

39. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Smells like vaporware...

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:57

40. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 512; Member since: 07 May 2012)


the beauty of android is the ability to install custom launchers so the interface wont be a problem

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 19:47

44. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Nice specs, but it looks like somebody used a file machine on each corner of a Galaxy S3 and did away with the home button then repackaged it as this....

posted on 27 Nov 2014, 00:28

45. medicci37 (Posts: 1271; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Not a fan of the design but specs sound awesome!

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