ZUK demos a working phone prototype with transparent screen

ZUK demos a working phone prototype with transparent screen
The Lenovo-backed startup ZUK already announced its first phone, aptly named the Z1, which offers some pretty neat specs for its. The Z1 comes with a 5.5" screen that features a 1080 x 1920 resolution, a Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, and a 13 MP rear-facing camera with OIS. Perhaps the nicest parts about the Z1 is the generous 4100 mAh battery pack, fingerprint sensor and USB-C connector, all paired to a sub-$300 price tag.

This all fine and dandy, but the ZUK team isn't stopping here, it seems, and is actually dreaming big, perhaps as big as companies like Samsung, as it showcased a working phone prototype with a transparent display. We haven't seen something like that since the days of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness, which was a feature phone, while the ZUK contraption is actually a smartphone that, from the looks of it, is running some sort of Android, playing music, making calls, displaying gallery pictures, and so on. 

Given that such see-through screens are not some far-fetched concept, but exist from makers such as Samsung or LG, and are getting better in terms of the ratio of transparency to visibility, this ZUK prototype might be a sign of things to come sooner rather than later.

source: ZUK (Weibo) via GizmoChina



1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

where is the 4100mah battery at,..below the box?

3. RajRicardo

Posts: 496; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Those specs are not of the concept shown here. They actually launched a phone called Z1 recently.

4. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

1st paragraph is for Z1. After that is about the transparent project. I hope it doesn't constantly show screen content 360°

11. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

for when you are watching porn?

6. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

yes. it comes with that box attached to it.

14. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Do we need to carry that box as well?

2. iKamalkandel

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

That *large* box just below the screen make more suspectical. And its just prototype from ZUK. The battery is large enough [or just enough cause transparent screen needs higher brightness level] and currently *invisible*. Ready for future JARVIS.

5. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Totally useless.

7. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

Could be useful if it can pair with a solar panel

8. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Will never happen. Where the hell are you going to put all the internal components and still have a transparent screen.

9. Mr.Oug

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 07, 2015

It'll happen but not right now with the current technology at our disposal

10. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Interesting, but the contrast ratio will always be horrible so you almost can't use it outdoors. Wear black gloves i guess... Maybe they will implement a second background layer that is light sensitive and turns black in sunlight, like some windows and glasses. If you can manually turn the black layer on for privacy that would also be good.

12. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Why build a transparent phone when you can use the front camera to compute from where the user is looking, the back camera to capture what's behind the phone, and the screen to project it? Nice trick, btw.

16. TBomb

Posts: 1500; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Well the camera would have to do some major math. for instance, your window pane. Step 3 inches from it and look out. You see a totally different scene than if your 3 feet. The same would go for the camera in the back. Say all the objects are really far away (like your in a field). It would have to know how to project it to now where your screen (window pane) edges are. However, as a first step in the "transparent" direction, that would be a good theory.

13. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I flipping love technology.

15. TBomb

Posts: 1500; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

combine this with flexible screens... and you can wrap it onto your arm and have some crazy arm gadget goin on

17. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

maybe they should make a flip flop phone that part of it is the hardware and the other part is the screen.

18. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Doesn't the transparency come down to the phone displaying the image that is behind it?

19. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012


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