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New Google Nexus P3 concept includes a QWERTY keyboard, gamepad, and extended battery

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New Google Nexus P3 concept includes a QWERTY keyboard, gamepad, and extended battery
If we revisit the designs of Google’s Nexus smartphones released over the years - Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5 - it’s not that hard to try and imagine what the next-generation Nexus handset will look like. Whether it’s going to be called Nexus 6 or not, the new smartphone will probably resemble the current model a lot, offering a screen-size to phone-size ratio of over 70%.

But what if Google wants to take a new, more complicated approach? Student designers Giuseppe Avanzato and Enrico Vicari are answering this question with a concept called Nexus P3.

The P3 is not that different from the Nexus 5 when viewed from the front. However, it comes with three interchangeable modules (a QWERTY keyboard, a gamepad à la Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and a secondary 4,700 mAh battery) which fit in a slide-out slot. Thus, you can have three distinct Nexus handsets, suitable for various situations. The rest of this made-up Nexus’ features include a 5-inch display, stereo speakers, 12MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera.

Sure enough, Google will likely never make such a Nexus handset. But would you want it to? Is the Nexus P3 a dream phone, or just an unnecessary concept?

source: DeviantArt

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posted on 16 Feb 2014, 17:40 8

1. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

This specific idea seems really, really nice! I can dig it. The most popular could be either the extended battery or the game pad!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 19:07 7

9. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

Microsoft has the patent for this concept, since more than 2y ago..

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 19:41 5

12. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3539; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

First, the article states that it is a patent application, in other words, at that time they didn't have a lock on that patent. It's very possible that they didn't get it due to prior art.

Second, if it currently is indeed their patent now, this illustrates a big problem with the patent system. Where is a working model for this phone? Do they even have any plans to produce such a device? If the only reason they applied for the patent was to keep others from producing it, then it shouldn't have been granted in the first place.

Third, they appear to be trying to patent a concept, not the actual process to make it happen. By that I mean, what they should be patenting is everything that makes it happen, like how the swappable modules attach and communicate with the phone. That way you have the ability for multiple iterations to achieve the same thing, and not give one company a monopoly on the concept. For instance, maybe one version has it attach magnetically and communicate via Bluetooth, another slides into a track and connects through a hardware port. To patent this concept is the same as patenting the concept of a touchscreen smartphone, it would be too overly broad, and not allow the existence of anything similar, and therefore give the patent holder a monopoly on it.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 21:23 8

18. lyndon420 (Posts: 3662; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

I agree 100%. The patent system is a joke and only serves to hamper innovation. If a working prototype isn't submitted along with the application, then the application should come with an expiry date that can't be renewed by the original applicant which would therefore become voided and/or available to the next applicant. I despise patent trolls. Boycott the patent office and those who have corrupted it. Disband it and start it up again using 5th graders instead.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:14

26. sgodsell (Posts: 2983; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Isn't this getting into the project Ara territory. Only project Ara does more. Swap batteries, camera, screen, storage and more. Motorola is working on this right now.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 17:58

2. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


posted on 16 Feb 2014, 17:58 4

4. ckruthoff (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Feb 2014)

Why not m8?

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 17:58 1

3. ckruthoff (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Feb 2014)

Sheit mate, I registered only to say this is frikin awesome and i hope (notice the hope part) they make this real, looks dope as Fukc!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 18:06 1

5. apple4never (Posts: 1063; Member since: 08 May 2013)

yea bro think about, if you need more battery just swap in the battery, if u wanna game, swap in the game pad the possibilities are endless i hope google takes note of it

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 18:10 5

6. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)

Cool! Google should fund this.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 19:08 1

10. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

Microsfot already patented this concept years ago

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 22:19 4

22. protozeloz (Posts: 5395; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Your point is? They have yet to produce such device, just like a patent troll would

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 18:58

7. uchihakurtz (Posts: 358; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Why not a second screen that can host virtual keyboard? Not only can you change the keyboard layout and the default keyboard, imagine making a virtual gamepad there. LOL, but battery is gonna kill though.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 19:05 1

8. chocowii (Posts: 430; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Finally, a Nexus messenger!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 19:10

11. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

I think it'll only be popular among average users if Samsung or Apple made it (not a fanboy [well, a Nokia fanboy actually] but this is truth. Deal with it)

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:11

13. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)

I would love it for the most part, not a huge fan of physical keyboards though.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:17

14. noteseries (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

the gamepad are wellcome, but i dont think i need physical keyboard anymore

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:31 1

15. TerryCrowley (Posts: 194; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)

The Nexus line can't revive physical keyboards. They're already dead.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:50

16. apple4never (Posts: 1063; Member since: 08 May 2013)

4700 additional Mah battery??!?!?!?! YES please lol

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:55

17. GeekMovement (Posts: 2134; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

What a very nice concept!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 21:33

19. eman99 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

Please let HTC make the next nexus

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 21:37

20. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3684; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I agree with Crowley on this. Also, while these concept renderings look fairly thin, in actuality, this thing would be a brick.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 21:37

21. Fuego84 (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 May 2012)

Wow nice concept, but I already see that there is barely any space for a big internal battery. I would totally buy this and with the game pad. I would stick the game pad in there and leave it on forever since I'm OK with on screen keyboards but the battery must last a bit more than average, If I want to get any gaming done on this device, since it doesn't seem that you can put the extended battery and the game pad on at the same time.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 23:30

23. hadi_fotovati (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)

What's the benefit of a having a gamepad when you have to remove the extended battery and thus, you can play for about 1 hour? From the looks of it, it can sport only a small primary battery!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 00:42

24. Krjal (Posts: 215; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)

I know 3 people personally who would instantly ditch their current phones for this. Especially with the keyboard.

I like the idea a lot though I'd probably just be someone who kept the battery in it :p

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 08:37

25. ryan5609 (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

I certainly would not mind the option of a permanent keyboard or gaming pad. But usually that means a bulkier phone. There is nothing I hate more than touch screen FPS games and having to carry around a portable controller in-order to play those 3D (GTA included) games. We need a better Xperia Play like device to come about.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 14:47

27. Stuntman (Posts: 834; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Just take my money. I've been waiting years for a landscape keyboard slider phone that doesn't suck. I'm so tired of the massive amounts of keying errors I make on a touch screen keyboard. Before using touch screen keyboards, I never had to resort to using the dreaded auto-correct features which totally suck if you accidentally press the space bar instead of a letter.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 10:23

28. gotenks22 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)

Dear google please come to this page you retards and make this phone right now and i will sell my nexus 5 and buy the sh*t out of this phone RIGHT NOW! PLEASE GOOGLE MAKE THIS.

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