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Oh, Linshof, we hardly knew ye! German smartphone maker wannabe is no more

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Oh, Linshof, we hardly knew ye! German smartphone maker wannabe is no more
Do you remember Linshof, the German-based manufacturer that we told you about a couple of weeks ago? It unveiled a pretty odd smartphone, the Linshof i8, with exterior design, interface, and hardware specs that raised many, many questions regarding Linshof's overall legitimacy. The company also promised to release a tablet in the foreseeable future.

The device was set to arrive early 2015 and had a $380 price tag, for which the potential customers of Linshof would have received an unorthodox octagonal body, 5" AMOLED or IPS LCD display, an octa-core chipset, 80GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, and a heavily-modded Android 5.0 Lollipop-based interface that looked like nothing we've ever seen before.

During the past few weeks, quite many an allegation surfaced in the German press, accusing Linshof and its founders of fraud. Subsequent investigation revealed a number of concerning details around the start-up as a whole, substantiating its shady status.

Whether Linshof was going to release the i8 or not, we might never know, as the company has officially shut down doors. If you try to navigate to Linshof's website, you'll be greeted by a message, notifying visitors that Linshof is closed. The official reason for this is the departure of the company's investors.

"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."

What do you think - was Linshof a fraud from the very beginning or Lady Luck prevented Germany from having a new locally-based smartphone vendor? Comments are welcome right below.


source: Linshof via Reddit

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posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:36 1

1. Sealblaighter (Posts: 220; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


This is really sad(if all of this was not a fraud). They should have make cheap, high-end devices.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:44 2

7. cncrim (Posts: 823; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


it would be amazing me if the company can sustain in bussiness long run for $380 price tag phone with high end spec like that and what more amazing is the phone will make in Europe. Mathematic almost impossible to do, take Moto X as example even at $400 price tag and they can stay in bussiness that long........ etc

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 07:52 3

2. Johnnokia (Posts: 1093; Member since: 27 May 2012)


From the beginning I knew it is fake and fraud

Thank you PA for the quick update

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:15

4. Commentator (Posts: 3684; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


How ?

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:51 3

8. GenericFanboy (Posts: 50; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)


Just look at those specs... for 380$? Yeah... no.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 10:30

11. Commentator (Posts: 3684; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Yeah, it's implausible. But how could he KNOW it's a fraud? And if he did, why didn't he alert the German authorities?

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 21:15 1

18. Johnnokia (Posts: 1093; Member since: 27 May 2012)


I will tell you how could I know it is a fraud.

When the first time PA announce the existence of this company, I went to their website and started to explore the phone, the company,support, and contact info. Finally, I found an option if anyone wants to get future news about Linshof's phone, they need to provide their Emails. I already put down my email and hit OK. Later, I got a message said ''This Email has been previously used by someone else. You need to sign up". I surprised and tried to use a different Email account, but I received same message.

Dear,
No reliable company does this ... ONLY FRAUDS do so

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 08:48 1

3. rangoj (Posts: 46; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Sadly!!! :( This looked like a fantastic device! And company look promising and new, in the sea of copycat manufacturers like Samsung, Apple etc... I would probably buy this phone if they didn't close doors and could promise regular update...

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:27 1

5. xtroid2k (Posts: 517; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


I guess the invested finally realized that the company was not going to materialize with anything special. Plus its scorn rep from the start does give some validity to the fraud claims

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:27 1

6. gigantos (Posts: 63; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


Super AMOLED+IPS? What a joke.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 19:44 2

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


They mean that there will be a Super AMOLED version and an IPS version.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:53 1

9. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


hexagonal phone is like a design that came up from ten years old :D

posted on 21 Dec 2014, 07:51

23. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Hexagonal? You clearly can't count.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 09:55 1

10. samystic (Posts: 230; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


i really liked it to be my first Android phone...

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 10:42 1

12. Fallen1 (Posts: 285; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


Now that is a sexy phone

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 10:51 1

13. lallolu (Posts: 471; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


The price is low but it dos not mean it is fraud. Just look at onePlus One.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 11:00

14. DnB925Art (Posts: 1010; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Now we'll see if that other "fraud" company Xodiom also turns out to be a fake as well (the only that took all orders only by wire transfer).

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 13:36

15. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


This was meant to be a joke of course, idiot-magnet .. Super Amoled IPS? lol what kind of coneh*ad put this up? if a company does not know a basic thing like the difference between lcd ips and led how the h*ll can they come up with a beastly phone?

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 20:37

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


Yeah, you can read...

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 07:58

19. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


And?? ..

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 08:03

20. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


oh, just checked your profile. cheap nokia and euhm cheap hello moto. you have "L*SER" slaped on your forehead or what?

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 09:46 2

21. jayd3n (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


wow you are one dense motherf**ker, even your Name "GalaxyS5"? the king of embarrassment and dismay smartphone? and besides they were referring to the AMOLED and IPS as options, not combined moron!!!

posted on 21 Dec 2014, 01:16

22. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


hahahahahahahahahaha. it's respected wherever I go. lol embarrassment and dismay? hhahahaha you must be kidding me, how can you even talk about this when you owned nokias not long ago and now motorollas which both companies went directly to embarassement, shame and dismay .. they're like the gods of shame. now really you've got l*ser printed on your forehead and I'm wasting time on a worthl*ss psyc*o, so this is my last comment, you go have fun with your flinstone phones and let me enjoy the high end.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 12:33

24. jayd3n (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


man i cant believe this cunt. let me screenshot this thread hahaha XD

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