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

[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.

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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48 Comments

1. ianneo

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

Am I the only one who thinks this is ugly?

11. Rajanvir

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

yes..

13. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

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

16. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

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

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

29. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

42. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

At least its Lollipop.

14. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

no...

17. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Not ugly but kinda weird

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.

46. Sealblaighter

Posts: 429; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

47. simon16

Posts: 16; Member since: May 02, 2014

5" is good

2. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

3. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

"Super AMOLED, IPS". Seems legit.

5. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

i guess it means " or super AMOLED or IPS"

4. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

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

6. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

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

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

21. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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

26. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

41. eonce

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 2014

Alcatel is a TCL brand from Guangdong China.

37. hemedans

Posts: 758; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

chinese company use alcatel brandname to produce smartphone

28. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

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

8. wilsong17 unregistered

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

19. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

22. wilsong17 unregistered

X10 sure is

9. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Wow....

12. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I want it.

15. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Screen could be bigger but I like it

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