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.

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



1. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

7. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 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

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

From the beginning I knew it is fake and fraud Thank you PA for the quick update

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

How ?

8. GenericFanboy

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

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

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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?

18. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 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

3. rangoj

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 29, 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...

5. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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

6. gigantos

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Super AMOLED+IPS? What a joke.

16. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

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

9. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

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

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

Hexagonal? You clearly can't count.

10. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

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

12. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Now that is a sexy phone

13. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

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

14. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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).

15. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 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?

17. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Yeah, you can read...

19. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

And?? ..

20. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

21. jayd3n

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 15, 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!!!

22. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

24. jayd3n

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

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

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