Concept “tube” phone swaps its guts with cartridges

What if you could maintain the exact same outward appearance for your phone while completely upgrading its internals? Rogue designer Antoine Brieux is exploring precisely this idea with his HTC Tube smartphone concept.

The phone itself is split into an outside shell and an inside “cartridge.” The real guts of the phone are found in the cartridge, which would effectively upgrade the processor, storage capacity, camera, and other necessary bits. The magnesium alloy shell then provides a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display, HDMI port, and so on.

Brieux is envisioning three different cartridge levels. The Starter Edition gets an 800MHz Snapdragon CPU, Android 2.2 with HTC Sense, 8GB Flash, and a 3.2MP cam. The Smart Edition gets bumped to a 1GHz CPU, Windows Phone 7, 16GB Flash memory, and a 5.0MP cam with 720p video.

The granddaddy of them all, though, is the Ultimate Edition cartridge. It gets a 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon with 64GB Flash, 12MP cam, 1080p video, and a dual boot Android 2.2 + Windows Phone 7 operating environment. Yeah, dual boot. I’m sure that’ll fly with HTC, Google, and Microsoft.

While the whole cartridge mechanism for the HTC Tube is certainly different, I very much doubt that we’ll be seeing anything commercially available with this kind of form factor any time soon.

[Yanko via Antoine Brieux]


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4 Comments

  1. mike says:

    http://www.mobilemag.com/
    This concept has great potential. Imagine if your screen gets scratched-damaged. Just buy a new screen regardless of the carrier and without getting a whole new unlocked phone $$$. For traveling to another country, buy a temp cartridge to use while traveling internationally. Have add on cartridges, say a media version that docks when home to run on your LCD or a camera specific one. People will slide off one cartridge for another for unlimited flexibilty. Pay for the type of screen you want and pay for the options you want on the cartridge, just like different iPad’s attach a cartridge for your tethering MiFi without a screen to

  2. Big Jim says:

    I am for anything that gives the consumer leverage over their vendor, instead of the vendor providing half ready, crashing apps and phones. I have had an iPhone for a year and half, and finally I have found a program that I can customize to work my way. Great thanks to developer of TapForms available at the app store. Take a look at it if you are tired of using 5 or 6 apps just to organize your stuff.

    Thanks for this innovation and good luck,
    Jim

  3. Adam H says:

    I’ve been waiting for the iPhone for years to come on Verizon but now this? i would take this over the iPhone any day!

  4. SoNiceeeee says:

    This… This… This is what I want… THIS IS WHAT I WANT… HTC… ARE YOU LISTENING??? THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE WANT!!!! DUALBOOT DEVICES!!!

    Not to mention the sleekness of this concept… This is soooooo sexxxxxyyyy!!!! IM DROOOOLLLLIIIIINNG OVER THIS AS I TYPE!!!!

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