New Google Nexus P3 concept includes a QWERTY keyboard, gamepad, and extended battery
posted by Florin T. / Feb 16, 2014, 5:37 PM
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?
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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 Feb 16, 2014, 5:40 PM 8
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Microsoft has the patent for this concept, since more than 2y ago.. http://www.digitaltrends.com/m
posted on Feb 16, 2014, 7:07 PM 7
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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 Feb 16, 2014, 7:41 PM 5
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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 Feb 16, 2014, 5:58 PM 1
Cool! Google should fund this.
posted on Feb 16, 2014, 6:10 PM 5
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Microsfot already patented this concept years ago http://www.digitaltrends.com/m
posted on Feb 16, 2014, 7:08 PM 1
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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 Feb 16, 2014, 6:58 PM 0
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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 Feb 16, 2014, 9:37 PM 0
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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 Feb 17, 2014, 8:37 AM 0
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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 Feb 17, 2014, 2:47 PM 0
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