This series of Androids promised to be revolutions made phones, advertising themselves as true glories in their field. Were they really?
Like everything in life, in the history of Android there have been both milestones and failures. There is, literally, everything: experiments that remained in the drawer of memories and good strategies that earned the love of our anxious wallets. For tastes there is nothing written, but the key to all the smartphones that we will deal with today is one: that all were announced as revolutionaries. He shouted at the four winds that would be milestones in his field, breaking the rules of the game and laying the groundwork for what to do. And there were cases that yes, and others that did not.
This selection is due to the most curious news of today. RED, the camera manufacturer, has announced a revolutionary mobile: the first to be multi-dimensional holographic. What does this mean? RED does not explain too much, but it leaves the expectation in all the height. Like the list of innovative mobile phones detailed in this article, Hydrogen One sells well before it can be purchased. And it is not a metaphor: it will start from $ 1,200.
Although it is important to sell well, it is also to position yourself above the top. The aggressive sales tactic that these phones had had misfortune and glory, and for that reason deserve mention in these lines. Let’s take a look at those who took their speaker and said they were unique , who wanted to be the example to follow. Surely you will recognize more than one case, and we strongly invite you to the debate in the comment box. Let us begin!
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
We could not start this list with another phone that was not the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, to which we have already given some homage to this blog. An Android emblematic where there are, which promised to be the union of two worlds until then somewhat antagonistic: that of video games and telephony. It was announced as a revolution in all aspects, either in design or functionalities. In addition, he promised to bring PlayStation gameplay to our pockets, a feat that unfortunately was left in the bag. Let’s take a closer look at what Xperia Play offered us:
- Operating system : Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
- Processor : Scorpion ARMv7 at 1GHz with Adreno GPU.
- Display : 4 inch LCD with resolution of 480 × 854 pixels.
- Storage : 400 MB, microSD up to 32GB.
- Camera : 5.1 megapixels.
- Connectors : Micro USB and 3.5mm jack.
- Connections : Bluetooth, A-GPS, Wi-Fi n.
- Dimensions : 119x62x19 mm.
- Weight : 175 grams
As you can see, it is not a device that can be used normally today. It is forgivable, since we are talking about a device launched by the locomotive year 2011. At that time Android was little more than something emergent and should be tested. And yes, we know perfectly well that this futile attempt to bring a console to Android died, leaving us the honey on the lips dreaming of a future where it would have given another chance to this idea.
The problem that often happens with these ads almost divine (which is repeated in this list) is that if you get over the line, it is much easier for your product to end up being just smoke. The same concept that Sony exploded to sell the Xperia Play came too big. To play games decently in a device, we need a hardware to match , and in this case neither we had nor would have until a few years. A shame, but it is what has to sell glory and end up having coal in the hands.
LG G Flex
One of the most used tricks to highlight an Android by manufacturers has been the design. Impossible designs, beautiful, unique… We even have current examples today. Phones like Galaxy S8 or Honor 9 are real gems in this section, and today, if you have the most unique you are likely to sell more. This LG tried with its LG G Flex, which I guess by the name and you will get an idea of what the thing is going . Although not fully flexible, his main revolutionary claim (and indeed) was that the phone was curved, giving it a series of very particular characteristics. Let us see your specifications:
- Display: POLED (Plastic OLED) of 6 inches HD.
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, quad-core 2.2 GHz.
- GPU: Adreno 330.
- Memory RAM: 2GB.
- Internal memory: 32GB only.
- Cameras: 13 Megapixels, LED Flash (2.1 MP Front)
- Battery: 3500 mAh.
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC, 4G, Wi-Fi.
Among other peculiarities, we had the possibility that the bruises would self-repair if we applied heat to the surface. We are not talking about a magic effect that repaired a scratch of the keys, but you understand us. If you can make a curved phone, that is a top of the range (of the time), “autorepare” and above you have a battery bug, it is crazy not pretend that it is a crazy phone. LG did not hesitate to announce it as something totally new and to be remembered for the times. And although it did not get all of us to carry “flexible” mobiles in our pockets, it did something else: that other manufacturers took risks.
He managed to establish a mentality that has been increasing over time: do not just get normal phones because. Do you want to make a name for yourself? Do something like what the LG G Flex was, though with more sense. Although we already know that it was not exactly an LG G5, it had its one. And for that we will remember. If companies should take more chances, shoot. For that kind of thing we have smartphones like the one that you will see at the end of the list.
Oh, OnePlus. It has been several years since the mythical OnePlus One , a phone that marked a before and after in the policy of absurdly low prices. The Chinese firm was unveiled with this phone originally intended for the most geeks of Android, starting with the now defunct Cyanogen as the operating system. It cost hundreds of dollars less than its direct rival, the Galaxy S5 and directly, OnePlus put it so high that even had to enter that useless system of invitations to acquire it. Let’s see what hardware gives life to this OnePlus One:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-Core 2.5 GHz processor
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 3GB RAM Memory
- Internal Storage 16GB / 64GB
- 5.5 “IPS Full HD screen with 1080 × 1920 resolution and 401 ppi
- Operating system: CyanogenMod 11S (based on 4.4.2 and with 18 months insured support)
- 3,100 mAh battery
- Dimensions: 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm
- Weight: 162g
- Sony 13MP CMOS camera with dual LED flash, autofocus and 4K recording and 5MP slow-motion / front
- Connectivity: GSM, UMTS, LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS (Glonass), NFC
- Port microUSB 2.0 OTG (On-the-go)
OnePlus announced the One with a clear intention: to be a great manufacturer. He spared no expense, let alone when he started: this OnePlus One was endowed with the highest level hardware and original finish and I think it was incredible. I myself had this phone in my hand and I fell in love from the first second I had it. That sandstone finish drove me crazy, and I personally encourage manufacturers to make more with this material. But let us return to what we are concerned with.
Not only revolutionary phones are sold based on design and such. It is said that we usually have our own revolutions, and this case is the one that best represents it. OnePlus announced it as a “flagship killer”, a mobile that would break with everything set in design, pricing or style. He had his own identity, becoming a personality for this phone. Did you have a OnePlus One? Not only did you have a “bug” of mobile. You knew what you bought, and how you did it. You had your own style.
It’s a shame, since the current OnePlus lines are far from their first models. Hopefully in the next generation give a little more with the nail, and recover that Chinese firm that captivated our hearts … and our money.
Xiaomi Mi MIX
We close this list with the portent called Xiaomi Mi MIX. Already we advance higher than the end that this device was going to be the result of a brand risking. Xiaomi announced its first conceptual mobile without frames, leaving us all absolutely open-mouthed. Leaving aside the Sharp Aquos, which was the first mobile with these characteristics, we are the precursor of a fashion that has been fruitful. Also, let’s not forget one thing: this Xiaomi Mi MIX is a top of the line in terms of hardware that we can not ignore. Let us give the corresponding review:
- 6.4-inch screen, with a ratio of 91.3%, IPS LCD and resolution of 1080 x 2040 (362 ppi).
- Snapdragon 821 processor (@ 2.35 GHz).
- GPU Adreno 530.
- 4/6 GB of RAM (LPDDR4).
- 128/256 GB internal storage (UFS 2.0). Does not have space for SD.
- WiFi a / b / g / n / ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB type C.
- Global coverage for LTE 4G networks.
- 16 megapixels for rear camera with f / 2.0 aperture.
- 5 megapixels in front camera with f / 2.2 aperture.
- Fingerprint reader on the back.
- Android 6 Marshmallow with MIUI 8. Update to Android 7 Nougat.
- 4.400 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.
Luxury. Revolution. In these two words we summarize what Xiaomi meant with the Mi MIX. A screen with more than 90% occupied ratio, first level hardware and a design that radiates quality. Yes, we are facing the most expensive device of the Chinese manufacturer by far, but it is that precedes it. Not everything on this list was going to be bad. Do not? Of course, Xiaomi wanted to hit the table and try to give a new crazy point of view to the market. And it could be said that he has succeeded.
Xiaomi sold this My MIX as the revolution without frames within the telephony. These full-screen designs have even changed traditional design lines par excellence such as Samsung, which has broken all barriers with its Galaxy S8. Perhaps it is the phone of the most special list, because for once, it was known to sell as it should. With the support of his company, and himself. It does not take many words to sell you a Xiaomi Mi MIX. But money.
All these phones have something in common, and they came to market with the word “revolution” tattooed on their backs. Some fell, like the Xperia Play. Others, stayed at an intermediate level, a level of “cult” like the OnePlus One. Others on their part have won the sky, as the Xiaomi Mi MIX. What makes us realize the detail of how complicated the marketing is, and how changing it can turn out to be this trade. We will never be accustomed to what people really want, nor to their tastes. There will be people who want one thing, or another. But we all always agree on something.
We will not fail to see attempts to create the tsunami, rather than to jump into the wave. The savagery of competition in this sector makes us the beneficiaries, impressing us with the designs and follies that we must see in order to achieve the greatest benefit. If this is not the first or last time we see more hits on the table. A table that seems never to wear out.