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Alcatel OneTouch Ace [Concept / Suggestion] by r4yNTv
Alcatel OneTouch Ace [Concept / Suggestion]
Disclaimer
    With the Ace I tried to focus on Value, so I looked for the most cost-efficient Components
    -> Multi-Purpose / All-in-One Solutions & Chips that were used in other Budget Phones
    -> New Products that bring High End Performance & Features to the Mid / Low End
    -> Multi-Purpose / All-in-One Solutions & compact Chips to reduce the PCB Area


Hardware Overview

Display
    5" Full-HD (Samsung?) AMOLED Display¹ with PSR, FOSS & Assertive Display
    Synaptics ClearPad 3700 (ClearForce, SideTouch & 25mm Hover-Detection)
    2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with Hydrophobic & Oleophobic Nano-Coating

System-on-a-Chip
    Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 (previously called SD620)
    64bit Octa-Core CPU (4x A72 + 4x A53, big.LITTLE with GTS)
    Adreno 510 GPU (OpenCL 2.0, OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan API)

Memory Configuration
    Samsung embedded Package on Package Solution (ePoP)
    3GB Samsung Dual-Channel 933MHz LPDDR3 RAM
    32GB Samsung eMMC 5.1 Internal Storage
    microSDXC Card Slot (Hybrid 3-in-1 Tray)
    Android 6.0 Full-Disk AES Encryption

Cellular Connectivity
    4G LTE Cat. 4 (150Mbps Down, 50Mbps Up), GSM/WCDMA only, No CA or CDMA
    VoLTE with HD Voice & SRVCC + Wi-Fi Calling (with seamless Call Continuity)
    Qualcomm RF360 Solution: WTR2965 + QFE3100 + QFE4320 + QFE2550
    
4G Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28 (FDD) + 38, 40, 41 (TDD)²
    
2G: 850/900/1800/1900MHz + 3G: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
    Hybrid 3-in-1 Tray: 2x nano SIM (Dual Standby) + microSDXC Card³

Wireless Connectivity
    Qualcomm WCN3680B (1x1 MU-MIMO ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio)
    Wi-Fi Aware, Miracast, Indoor Navigation (Wi-Fi RSSI, Bluetooth Beacons)

    Qualcomm WTR2965 Integrated GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo)
    Qualcomm / NXP NQ220 NFC Controller & embedded Secure Element
    IR LED on the Top (Remote Control Functionality via Ams TMG4903)
    RGB Notification LED on the Bottom (
Ams AS3668 RGB LED Driver)
    MoBeam Barcode Emulation via Ams TMG4903 Proximity Sensor


Sensors & Sensor Hub   
    ST LSM6DS3H 6 Axis Gyro & Accelerometer + ST LIS3MDL 3 Axis Magnetometer
    ST LPS25HB Barometer + 
ST STM32F411CE Cortex M4 Android Sensor Hub
    Samsung 8mm Linear Resonant Actuator (Immersion TouchSense 3000)
    
Ams TMG4903 RGBC Color, Ambient Light, Proximity & Gesture Sensor
    FPC1145 Touch Fingerprint Sensor (integrated in the Power-Button)

Rear Camera Sensor & Optics
    13MP Omnivision OV13863 PureCel Plus-S Rear Camera
    1.3u Pixels, PDAF, f/2.0 Aperture, 6P-Lens, OIS + EIS
    Single LED Flash (Ams AS3685A LED Flash Driver)
    EIS 4K UHD Video Recording (via ST LSM6DS3H)
    1080p 60fps or 1080p 120fps Video Recording

    Full Manual Camera Modes (Photos & Videos)
    Prefer Under-Exposure (vs. Over-Exposure)
    DNG RAW Capture + Editing (via Gallery)
    Customize ISP Photo & Video Processing

Front Camera Sensor & Optics
    5MP Omnivision OV5695 OmniBSI+ Front-facing Camera
    1.4u Pixels, Fixed Focus, f/2.0 Aperture, Wide-Angle⁹
    EIS 1080p Video Recording (via ST LSM6DS3H)
    Prefer Under-Exposure (vs. Over-Exposure)
    DNG RAW Capture + Editing (via Gallery)
    Customize ISP Photo & Video Processing

Audio Recording & Playback
    Qualcomm WCD9326 Hi-Fi Audio Codec (Integrated Class G Headphone Amplifier)
    Dual 1.2W Front Facing JBL Speakers (NXP TFA9897 Smart Audio Amplifiers)
    24bit 192kHz Stereo Hi-Fi Audio Playback + Stereo Hi-Fi Audio Recording

    Dual Knowles SPH1668LM4H-1 Digital Multi-Mode MEMS Microphones
    MaxxAudio Mobile 2.0 Audio Enhancements (Cyanogen OS AudioFX)

Battery & Charging
    4000 mA/h embedded Samsung Li-Ion Polymer Cell Battery (700 Wh/l Densitiy)
    18W QuickCharge 3.0 + 18W USB Power Delivery 2.0 (Profile 2: 12V, 1.5A)
    15W USB Type-C 1.1 Charging (5V, 3A) + 15W Qi Wireless Charging
    Toshiba TC7766WBG WPC 1.2 Qi Wireless Charging Receiver IC
    FairChild FUSB302 USB Type-C Controller (USB 2.0 Speed)

Design & Build
    2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with Hydrophobic & Oleophobic Nano-Coating on the Front
    2.5D Frosted Plexiglas on the Back (Shatterproof Acrylic Plastic with a frosted Finish)
    Anodized Aluminium Frame with chamfered Edges & Micro-Cuts for a better Grip
    USB 2.0 Type-C Port, Main Microphone, RGB LED & 3.5mm Jack on the Bottom
    IR LED (IR Remote) & Secondary Microphone (Stereo Recording) on the Top
    Volume Buttons & Power-Button/Fingerprint-Reader on the right Side
    3-in-1 Hybrid Tray (2x nanoSIM + microSDXC Card) on the left Side
    IP67 (Nano-Coated Ports + Acoustic Speaker & Microphone Vents)
    Compact (roughly 139 x 69 x 8.4mm) & Lightweight (130-140g)
    Clean Design (No Logos, Company Names or FCC Certifications)

Other Hardware
    Samsung, Toshiba, Ams, NXP & FairChild also provide other Components like LDOs, etc.


Software Overview

Operating System
    Cyanogen OS 13 (based on Android 6.0.1)
    Unlocked Bootloader, Carrier Unlocked
    Full (Qualcomm) Kernel Source Code
    Fast OS Updates (within ~60 Days)
    Monthly Android Security Patches
    Android Pay (NFC & Fingerprints)

Custom Cyanogen OS Tweaks
    Cyanogen OS built-in Theme Engine (including pre-installed Themes)
    Automatic Theme Switching (based on the Time or Ambient Light)
    Lollipop-Style Do-Not-Disturb Mode (Accessable via Volume Panel)
    0.75x Animation Speed (Makes Everything appear "smoother")
    Advanced Clip Board (Copy & Paste up to 3 Files/Texts at once)

Pre-Installed Cyanogen OS Apps
    Pre-Installed Stores: Google Play + Amazon Shopping & Underground
    Pre-Installed Voice Assistants: Microsoft Cortana + Google Now
    Pre-Installed Themes: Material Light (Default) + Material Dark
    Pre-Installed System Apps: FM Radio + IR Remote Control
    Pre-Installed App: Microsoft Office for Mobile Devices
    Pre-Installed App: Amazon Prime Instant Video
    Pre-Installed App: Amazon Kindle eBooks
    Pre-Installed App: MaxxAudio AudioFX
    Pre-Installed App: TrueCaller Dialer

Display Tweaks & Features
    Display Profiles: sRGB Color Space + NTSC Color Space (callibrated by Technicolor)
    Display Profile Tweaking: Six Color Zone + HSV Adjusting (Qualcomm TruPalette)
    Assertive Display + FOSS: Fidelity Optimized Signal Scaling (Qualcomm EcoPix)
    Tweaked Cyanogen OS LiveDisplay: Assertive Display, FOSS, Blue Light Filter
    The Option to change the Device's DPI from within the Display Settings

Gestures & Sensors
    Ambient Display + Touchscreen Gestures + Motion Gestures + Always On Voice Activation
    Ambient Display: Wave your Hand over the Display or pick it up to show B/W Notifications
    Touchscreen Gestures: Draw a "V" to toggle Flashlight + Draw a "O" to open the Camera
    Motion Gestures: "Chop Chop" to toggle Flashlight + Double Twist to open the Camera
    Double Tap to Wake + Double Tap (Status-Bar or Navigation Bar) to go back to Sleep
    Always on Voice Activation ("OK Google", "Hey Cortana" or a custom Key Phrase)
    
User Choice & Flexibility
    Users can tweak the Display Profiles to their Likings
    Users can tweak the ISP Photo & Video Processing
    Users can choose their preferred Voice Assistant
    Users can install Themes from the Play Store
    All Features are optional & can be disabled
    All Apps are optional & can be uninstalled

ClearForce variable Force Sensing
    Use the existing Android Touch Input Pressure Variables (0-1)
    ClearForce might have to be tweaked to work with 2 Fingers
    Example App: Simulate 2 "pressable" Virtual Analog Sticks
    Example App: Simulate a 2-way Camera Shutter Button
    Example: Apple 3D Touch's Keyboard Trackpad (Cursor)
    ClearForce Settings: On, Off, Callibrate max. Pressure
    
SideTouch Functionality
    Map Swiping to Scrolling & Taps to Virtual (Shoulder) Buttons
    Example: See all the content (Web, Books) while Scrolling
    Example: Simulate Virtual Gamepad Shoulder Buttons
    Example: Simulate Virtual Camera Shutter Button
    SideTouch Settings: On, Off, Limit to only 1 Side
    
25mm Hover-Detection
    Simulate a Mouse Pointer (use existing Android Variables)
    Example: Apple 3D Touch's Peak (Hover) & Pop (Touch)
    Example: Video Player Preview (cp. Samsung AirView)
    Settings: On, Off, Limit max. Detection Distance

Qualcomm Hexagon DSP Optimizations
    Low Power Music Playback + MaxxAudio Mobile 2.0 Audio Enhancements
    Low Power Snapdragon Voice Activation (with Multi-Mode Microphones)
    Fast Fingerprint Identification (Press the Button to Wake & Unlock)

Qualcomm Display Engine
    EcoPix: Reduces Display Power Consumption (FOSS, Assertive Display, Variable Refresh, etc.)
    TruPalette: Offers Adjustments to Display Parameters (Six Color Zone, HSV Adjusting, etc.)
    Fidelity Optimized Signal Scaling: Reduces AMOLED Power Consumption & PWM Flickering
    Assertive Display: Uses local Tone Mapping to improve Readability in direct Sunlight
    Variable Refresh: Changes Refresh Rate based on Content Type (1/24/30/60 Hz)

Qualcomm Camera Features
    EIS (using the Accelerometer) & Hybrid Video Stablization (OIS + EIS)
    Customize ISP Photo & Video Processing (Saturation, Contrast, etc.)
    
Adaptive Local Tone Mapping & Advanced Lens Shading Correction
    
Advanced 3A: Auto-Focus, Auto-Exposure & Auto-WhiteBalance
    
HDR Photography & Video Recording (a.k.a. Real-Time HDR)
    Zero Shutter Lag, Burst-Mode, Slow Motion & Time-Lapse
    
Ghost-free HDR, ChromaFlash, OptiZoom & UbiFocus
    Full Manual Photo & Video Controls + RAW Capture
    HEVC Video Encoding (UHD 30fps, 1080p 120fps)

    AutoHDR Mode (Automatically turns on/off HDR)


Marketing

Pricing & Availability
    Pricing: 299$ / 299€ / 229£ (1 single SKU with 14 LTE Bands)
    Exclusively sold via Amazon (Partnership, Global Availability)

Packaging & Box Content
    Packaging Design similar to a Playing Card Tuck Box
    The Alcatel OneTouch Ace Smartphone (obviously)
    Ace of Spades Playing Card (Guarantee Details)
    Tangle-free USB Type-A to USB Type-C Cable
    Standard 10W USB Wall Adapter (5V, 2A)
    Key-Chain micro-USB to Type-C Adapter
    Paper Quick Start Guide & User Manual
    (No Need to include a Quick Charger)
    (No Need to include Headphones)

Comparison with the 249$ OnePlus X (Similar Price & Design)
    Better Camera: 1,3u Pixels, PureCel Plus-S, OIS, f/2.0, 4K Video Recording
    Better Performance: 64 bit, Cortex A72 CPU, Adreno 510 GPU, eMMC 5.1
    Connectivity: MU-MIMO ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, IR Remote Control, NFC
    Mobile Payments: NFC, Fingerprint Reader, embedded Secure Element
    Tray: Expandable Storage (microSDXC) AND Dual-SIM (Dual Standby)
    Protection & Grip: Frosted Acrylic Back, Gorilla Glass 4 & IP67 Rating
    Cellular Connectivity: Support for US LTE Bands (T-Mobile + AT&T)
    Audio: Hi-Fi Audio, Front Facing 1.2W JBL Speakers & MaxxAudio
    Charging: USB 2.0 Type-C Port, Fast Wired & Wireless Charging
    Battery Life: Higher Capacity (4000 mA/h) + higher Efficiency
    Global Roaming: Supports 14 LTE Bands (GSM/WCDMA only)
    Global Availability: No Invite required (sold via Amazon.com)


Annotations

    ¹ Same Display as the OnePlus X Smartphone (but profesionally callibrated from Technicolor & with Qualcomm's FOSS Technology)
    ² 14 LTE Bands: The Ace should work with Carriers in almost every Country across the Globe (as long as they're using GSM/WCDMA)
    
³ Hybrid 3-in-1 Tray: Increasing the Tray's Height would allow 2 nano SIM Cards + a microSDXC Card (by putting the SD Card on top of the secondary SIM)
    
 While Qualcomm only states Bluetooth 4.1, the MSM8976 has been Bluetooth 4.2 certified: www.bluetooth.org/tpg/QLI_view…
    ⁵ Same Android Sensor Hub as in the Google Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P Smartphones (which should make it very easy to implement it)
    
⁶ Same Fingerprint-Reader as in the Nextbit Robin Smartphone (Recognize Fingerprints when the button is pressed or when the Software asks for Identification)
    
⁷ Same Camera Lens System as in the OnePlus 2 Smartphone: kantatsu.co.jp/product/pro01/L…
    ⁸ The OV13860 (the OV13863's predecessor) only supports 1080p 60fps, but the only other PureCel Plus-S Sensor with 1.3u Pixels (the OV16860) supports 1080p 120fps: 3gltesummit.qualcomm.com/sites…
    
⁹ Same Camera Lens System as in the Google Nexus 5X Smartphone (but with a different Sensor, OV5693 vs OV5695)


As always, if you like my Concept/Suggestion, then by all means, go for it (because I'd like to see a Phone like this & I'm sure it would sell very well).
And while we're at it, please consider sending me a Device & perhaps 1$ per Device sold ;) (I really did spend a lot of Time on this,mostly Research)
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Xiaomi Mi 4u - Concept / Suggestion by r4yNTv
Xiaomi Mi 4u - Concept / Suggestion
The first globally-launched Smartphone by Xiaomi, coming to the US & Europe!
Prices: 299$ (United States), 329€ (Europe), 229£ (United Kingdom)





Hardware & Software Features:


    Display, Touchscreen & Cover Glass:
    -> 5 Inch Full HD 1920x1080p Sharp/AUO/LG IPS Display¹ (95% NTSC, 1500:1, 1cd/sqm)
    -> Very Low Power Consumption (Panel Self Refresh, CABC & Variable Refresh Rate)
    -> MiraVision 2.0 Suite (Sunlight Display, CABC, Night Display, Blu-Light Defender)
    -> Synaptics ClearPad 3700 (ClearForce, SideTouch & 25mm Hover Detection)
    -> 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with Hydro- & Oleophobic Nano-Coating

    System on a Chip & Memory:
    -> Mediatek MT6797 Helio X20 64bit Deca-Core SoC
    -> Tri-Cluster CPU Architecture with CorePilot 3.0
    -> Cortex M4 Core (Sensor Hub, Music Playback)
    -> Quad-Core ARM Mali T880 GPU (700MHz)
    -> 3GB Dual-Channel 933MHz LPDDR3 Ram
    -> 4K HEVC Video Encoding & Playback
    -> MiraVision 2.0 Display Technology
    -> 32GB eMMC 5.1 Internal Storage
    -> Samsung ePoP Solution²

    Camera Sensors & Modules:
    -> 16MP Sony IMX298 Rear Facing Camera, OIS, PDAF, f/2.0 Aperture & Dual-Tone LED Flash
    -> 4K Video, 1080p 240fps Super Slow Motion³, Hybrid Video Stabilization (OIS + EIS)
    -> 8MP IMX179 Front Facing Camera, 80° Wide-Angle Lens & f/2.4 Aperture
    -> 1080p 60fps Video, Electronic Image Stabilization, Display-Flash
    -> HEVC Video Encoding (4K HEVC Video-Bitrate: ~50MBit/s)
    -> Stereo Hi-Fi Audio Recording (24-bit, 320kBit/s, 96kHz)
    -> Dual Microphone Noise Suppression (AKM DSP Core)

    Cellular Connectivity:
    -> 4G LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40 & 41
    -> 3G Bands: 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 (UMTS/HSPA+)
    -> 2G Bands: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (GSM/GPRS/EDGE)
    -> GSM/WCDMA only, no CDMA/CDMA2000
    -> LTE Cat.4 150/5 MBit/s (FDD & TDD)
    -> Voice Over LTE & Wi-Fi Calling
    -> Dual SIM, Dual Standby

    Wireless Connectivity:
    -> Integrated 1x1 Dual-Band a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (280MBit/s Throughput)²
    -> Integrated Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio & GNSS (GPS/Glonass/Beidou)²
    -> Miracast (Wireless Display), Wi-Fi Aware & ANT+ Support
    -> NFC IC + Antenna & IR Transmitter Remote Control

    Wired Connectivity:
    -> USB 3.0 Type-C Port with USB Host/OTG Support
    -> 3.5mm Headphone Jack (32bit Hi-Fi Audio)
    -> Nano-Coating on Open Ports (IPX7)

    Audio Playback & Recording (Microphones, Speakers, Codec):
    -> AKM AK4961 Hi-Fi Audio Chip⁴ (DSP, DAC, ADC & Headphone Amplifier)
    -> 192kHz 24-bit Stereo Hi-Fi Audio Playback (32-bit with Headphones)
    -> 2 Front-Facing 0.7W Knowles IPX8 Wildcat S9 Dynamic Speakers
    -> Knowles N'Bass™ Virtual Back Volume Speaker Enhancement
    -> ST Microelectronics TS4984 2x 1W Stereo Audio Amplifier
    -> 2 Knowles SPH1668LM4H-1 Digital MEMS Microphones⁴
    -> Stereo Hi-Fi Audio Recording (24-bit, 320kBit/s, 96kHz)
    -> Dual Microphone Noise Suppression (AKM DSP Core)
    -> IPX7 Acoustic Membrane Vents (for Microphones)
    -> Echo Cancellation & Equalizer (AKM DSP Core)

    Motion & Light Sensors:
    -> MediaTek Helio X20 Integrated Cortex M4 Android Sensor Hub
    -> ST Microelectronics LSM6DS3 6 Axis MEMS Motion Sensors
    -> ST Microelectronics LPS25HB Absolute Pressure Sensor
    -> ST Microelectronics LIS3MDL 3 Axis Magnetometer
    -> Capella CM36652 RGB Light & Proximity Sensor

    Power & Charging:
    -> Inlcuded Keychain Micro-USB to Type-C Adapter
    -> 3300 mA/h User-Replaceable Li-Ion Battery
    -> Qualcomm SMB1357 Li-Ion Management⁵
    -> Mediatek MT3188 5W qi/pma/Rezence⁶
    -> 18W Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

    Design & Materials:
    -> Matte White/Black Polycarbonat Unibody⁶ (User-Removable Plastic Shell)
    -> LRA for Precise & Quiet Haptic Feedback (Immersion TouchSense 3000)
    -> 140 x 69 x 8.4mm with no Protuding Elements (= Flush Rear Camera)
    -> Slightly Recessed FPC1025 Fingerprint Reader below the Rear Camera
    -> Power-Button & Volume-Rocker on the Right Side of the Device
    -> USB Type-C & 3.5mm Headphone Ports on the Bottom
    -> IR Remote Control & NFC Antenna on the Top⁷
    -> Dual 0.7W Front Facing Stereo Speakers⁸
    -> 2 Microphones (1x Top, 1x Bottom)
    -> IPX7 Water-Resistance Rating⁶




Software:



    Operating System & Features:
    -> Latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Google Apps & Services⁹
    -> AES Storage Encryption, Permission Manager & Fingerprints
    -> Always On Sensors & Microphones⁴ (Android Sensor Hub)
    -> MIUI 8 with ClearForce & SideTouch Implementations
    -> Manual Camera (Photos & Video) & RAW-Capture
    -> User-Accessible Display Tuning (Callibration)
    -> GPL-Compliant Kernel Source Code Release
    -> HVS Hybrid Video Stabilization (OIS + EIS)
    -> Glove-Mode (25mm Hover-Detection)
    -> On-Screen Software Buttons⁸

    MediaTek MiraVision 2.0:
    -> Sunlight Display (aka Assertive Display / MediaTek's SmartScreen): Enhances Visibility in bright Environments & direct Sunlight by adjusting Gamma, Contrast & Saturation on Pixel-By-Pixel Basis
    -> CABC Content Aware Backlight Control (aka MediaTek's AAL Ambient Adaptive Luma ): Reduces the Display's Power-Consumption by dimming the Backlight without affecting Image Quality
    -> Night Display (aka MediaTek's Ultra Dimming): Enables dimmer Backlighting for more comfortable Reading in Low-Light Environments
    -> Mediatek's Blu-Light Defender: Reduces the Amount of Blue being displayed to protect your Eyes at Night




Checklist: Does it have what US & EU Customers want?


    Does it have a beautiful Display?
    ☑ 5" FullHD IPS Display, 1500:1 Contrast & 95% NTSC

    Is it readable in bright Sunlight?
    ☑ CABC & Sunlight Display Technology

    Does it have front facing Stereo Speakers?
    ☑ 2x 0.7W Front Speakers, Audio Amplifier

    What about High Quality, High-Fidelity Audio?
    ☑ AKM AK4961 Hi-Fi Stereo Audio Playback & Recording

    Does it have the latest & most powerful SoC?
    ☑ New 20nm Deca-Core Tri-Custer Mediatek Helio X20

    Does it achieve high Benchmark Scores?
    ☑ 70000+ (AnTuTu) & 6000+ (Geekbench Multi-Score)

    Will Games run smoothly on the Device?
    ☑ New Mali T880 GPU & Variable Refresh Rate

    Will the Battery last me over a Day?
    ☑ 20nm Tri-Cluster CPU, PSR & 3300mA/h Battery

    Is the Battery replaceable?
    ☑ Removable 3300mA/h Li-Ion Battery

    Does it support Fast Charging?
    ☑ 18W Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 (9V, 2A)

    What about Wireless Charging?
    ☑ 5W qi, pma & A4WP Wireless Charging

    Does the Camera hold up to other Flagship Cameras?
    ☑ 16MP Sony Sensor, OIS, PDAF, f/2.0, Full Manual Mode & RAW Capture

    What about the Video Recording Capabilities?
    ☑ 4K Video, 1080p 240fps Slow Motion, HVS & HEVC Encoding

    Can I use two SIM Cards at once and/or a microSDXC Card?
    ☑ Dual SIM, Dual Standby & a microSDXC Card Slot

    Are my (GSM/WCDMA) Carrier's LTE Bands supported?
    ☑ LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40 & 41

    Does it support all the latest Connectivity Standards?
    ☑ ac Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Aware, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC & USB 3.0 Type-C

    What about the older Connectivity Standards?
    ☑ FM Radio (RDS/RBDS), IR Blaster, Miracast & microUSB Adapter

    Is it robust enough to withstand my everyday Life?
    ☑ Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Shock-Absorbing Inner Rubber-Bands & IPX7 Rating

    And is it protected against malicious Software?
    ☑ Android 6.0 App Permissions, AES Storage Encryption & Fingerprint Log In

    Does it run the latest Version of Android?
    ☑ Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 & Guaranteed OS Updates for 24 Months

    What about Custom Roms & Kernels?
    ☑ GPL-Compliant Kernel Source Code Release

    But will it be available in my country?
    ☑ Global launch including the US & Europe




Annotations:


    ¹ Same Display as in the Mi 4C (95% NTSC Coverage, 1500:1 Contrast Ratio & 1cd/m² Minimum Brightness)

    ² Samsung's ePoP Solution (Placing both RAM & eMMC Storage on top of the AP) & the integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio & GNSS dramatically reducing the required PCB Area & allowing for a bigger Battery

    ³ 1080p 240fps Super Slow Motion is based on MediaTek's 1080p 480fps Super Slow Motion Technology, which captures 1080p 120fps Video and then uses 4x frame-interpolation (IMX298 can only shoot 1080p 60fps -> 240fps)

    ⁴ The Knowles Microphones' Low-Power Mode & AKM Voice DSP allow for always on Hotword Voice-Activation


    ⁵ The Qualcomm Li-Ion Management Chip is also used in the Intel-Powered ASUS ZenFone 2 & enables 18W Quick Charge 2.0 on Non-Qualcomm Devices

    ⁶ By Integrating the MT3188's Coil into the removable Back-Cover, the battery remains accessible & the use of Rubber-Bands seales everything watertight (IPX7) & they might absorb some of the impact when it is being dropped

    ⁷ By placing the NFC Antenna on the Top of the Device, users can use both NFC & the Fingerprint Reader at the same time, which is required for Mobile Payments (otherwise you might block the NFC Antenna with your Finger)

    ⁸ The Move to On-Screen Software Buttons allows users to swap the Back- & Recents-Buttons (Different Preferences USA/Europe/Asia), it also makes Room for the second Front-Facing Speaker

    ⁹ The presence of Google Apps & Services (like the Google Play Store & Play Services) are indispensible for US & EU-Customers




Alternative Configuration:


    System-on-a-Chip (instead of Helio X20):
    -> Mediatek MT6795T Helio X10 (True 64bit Octa-Core, 2.2GHz, PowerVR G6200 GPU)
    -> Perhaps upgrade the GPU from the older G6200 to the newer GX6250 (cp. MT8173)
    -> 3D Game Rendering in 720p + MediaTek MiraVision Upscaling to 1080p (Higher FPS)
    -> SAMSUNG ePoP (3GB Dual-Channel 933MHz LPDDR3 RAM + 32GB eMMC 5.0 Storage)
    -> Perhaps upgrade the eMMC Storage Interface from eMMC 5.0 to the newer eMMC 5.1?
    -> Not sure if it's possible to make these (small) Changes to an established SoC (Helio X10)
    -> Perhaps work with MediaTek & release it as a new, higher End Version (MT6795X or sth)

    8 LTE Bands (instead of the Helio X20's 14 LTE Bands):
    -> 4G LTE Bands: 2, 3, 7, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40 + otherwise same 2G + 3G Bands
    -> 17, 20, 28 (Low-Bands) + 2, 3 (Mid-Bands) + 7, 38, 40 (High-Bands)
    -> 3 Low, 2 Mid & 3 High-Bands (compliant to the 
MT6290 Modem)

    Sensor Hub (instead of the Helio X20's integrated Cortex M4):
    -> 
ST STM32F411CE ARM Cortex M4-based Android Sensor Hub
    -> Otherwise the same ST Microelectronics MEMS Sensors

    Pricing (instead of the 
299$/329€/229£ Price-Tag):
    -> 249$ (United States), 279€ (Europe), 179£ (United Kingdom)
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HTC Desire X1 Concept/Suggestion by r4yNTv
HTC Desire X1 Concept/Suggestion
HTC Desire X1 - The Hero You Deserve #HTCNext #NexusSpirit



Marketing:

    Notable Features:
    -> It's fast! (New 64bit Hexa-Core Snapdragon 650, Cortex A72 CPU Cores, Adreno 510 GPU)
    -> It's sharp! (5" Full HD IPS Display, 440ppi, 13MP + 8MP Cameras, 4K UHD Video Recording)
    -> It's immersive! (Dual Front Facing Stereo Speakers, Hi-Fi Audio, ~72% Screen-To-Body Ratio)
    -> It's secure! (Fingerprint Reader, Iris Scanner, Two-Stage Authentification, Storage Encryption)
    -> It's connected! (Wireless ac, Wi-Fi Aware, Miracast, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio, IR Blaster, NFC, LTE)
    -> It's long-lasting! (3400 mA/h battery, Assertive Display Technology, Fast Wired & Wireless Charging)

    -> It's up-to-date! (Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Fast OS Updates within 30 Days, Monthly Security Patches)
    -> It's robust! (Scratch- & Drop-Resistant Gorilla Glass 4, IP67 Certification, HTC Uh-Oh Protection)
    -> It's nostalgic! (HTC One X design language, Google Nexus 4/5 Software & Pricing Philosophy)
    -> It's premium! (2.5D Cover Glass, Matte White/Black Polycarbonat Unibody, HTC Build Quality)
    -> It's developer-friendly! (AOSP, Snapdragon SoC, Unlocked Bootloader, Kernel Source Code)
    -> It's affordable! (349$ / 379€ / 279£, Fully Unlocked, Expandable Storage via microSDXC)

    Price Sweet-Spot: 349$ / 379€ / 279£
    -> Lots of Cost-Efficient Components (as found in other Budget Devices) as well as smaller / no-name Brands
    -> Lots of Multi-Purpose Components (Quad-mode Wireless SoC, 9 axis Motion Sensor, All-in-one Audio Chip, etc.)
    -> Using a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC & Pure AOSP means only little Software & Hardware Engineering is required
    -> A Mid-Range Snapdragon 6XX SoC, older LPDDR3 Ram, "only" a 1080p Display & "only" a 13MP Camera
    -> Exclusively selling it online (Amazon, HTC-Website, etc) reduces Storage & Transportation Costs
    -> No Need for expensive Marketing / Advertisement Campaigns (see Target Audience)

    Target Audience: Hardcore Android Enthusiasts & Developers
    -> Does not compete with HTC's Higher End Devices (like the Premium All-Metal One-Series)
    -> Does not need a lot of marketing/advertisement, News spread very fast in the Android Crowd
    -> Does not need to be sold in retail stores, most Android Fans buy their devices online anyway
    -> Seeing how the SD650 performs could create Hype for the SD820-powered One M10

    Tips/Suggestions for the HTC One M10:
    -> Snapdragon 820 SoC, SAMSUNG ePoP (LPDDR4 + UFS 2.0-G3)
    -> 16MP AR1630 Clarity+ or 16MP OV16860 PureCel Plus-S Camera
    -> AOSP Base + HTC Apps + HTC Sense UI Theme (RRO Layers)
    -> Users can choose to disable Apps & Theme -> Pure AOSP



Hardware:

    SoC: Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650
    -> 64bit Hexa-Core SoC with 2 New ARM Cortex A72 + 4 ARM Cortex A53 CPU-Cores (big.LITTLE)
    -> Alternatively the MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 is a great Choice, too (similar, but with 4x A72)
    -> New Adreno 510 GPU (OpenCL 2.0, Shared Virtual Memory, Vulkan API & OpenGL ES 3.2)
    -> Support for Dual-Channel 933MHz LPDDR3 RAM + New eMMC 5.1 Storage Interface
    
    Memory: 3GB Dual-Channel 933MHz LPDDR3 + 32GB eMMC 5.1 (embedded Package on Package)
    -> SAMSUNG's ePoP dramatically reduces the required PCB Area & allows for a bigger Battery
    -> Command Queuing, Secure Write Protection & Enhanced Strobe Mode (eMMC 5.1)
    -> Full-Disk AES Storage Encryption (Mandatory with Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
    -> F2FS (Flash-Friendly File System, faster & more responsive than EXT4)

    Wireless Connectivity: LTE Cat.4 (150/50)    // Note: No need for Carrier Aggregation or CDMA as it's not worth the added Complexity & Cost!
    -> True Global Roaming (2G/3G/4G), No need for Regional Models, 1 SKU for the Global GSM Market (14 LTE Bands)
    -> Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution with Qualcomm's WTR 2965 Cost-Optimized RF Transceiver
    -> 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 (GPRS/EDGE) + 3G: 850/900/1700/1900/2100 (UMTS/HSPA+)
    -> 4G LTE bands: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28 (FDD LTE) + 38/40/41 (TDD LTE)
    -> Voice over LTE (VoLTE) & Wi-Fi Calling with seamless Call Continuity
    -> Dual-SIM Functionality (Dual SIM, Dual Standby)

    Wireless SoC: Marvell Avastar 88W8887-v5 Quad-Radio Wireless Solution
    -> 1x1 ac Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Aware Certification (Neighbor Awareness Networking)
    -> Marvell's DRCS enables 1080p Miracast without loosing the Connection
    -> Bluetooth 4.2 Smart Ready (Dual Mode + High Speed)
    -> FM Radio (RDS / RBDS) & NFC Connectivity

    Positioning & Navigation: Integrated GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/Galileo Core (Qualcomm WTR 2965)
    -> A-GPS & Assisted Navigation (9 Axis MEMS Motion Sensor & MEMS Pressure Sensor)
    -> Indoor Navigation via Wi-Fi Aware & Wi-Fi RSSI (Marvell Avastar 88W8887-v5)
    -> Indoor Navigation via Bluetooth LE Beacons (Marvell Avastar 88W8887-v5)

    Display: 5" Sharp/AUO/LG IPS-Display    // Note: It's the same panel as found in the Xiaomi Mi4C!
    -> Full HD 1920x1080p Resolution (~440ppi)
    -> Super Dim 1cd/m² Minimum Brightness
    -> Vibrant Colors (95% NTSC Color Space)
    -> Deep Blacks (1800:1 Contrast Ratio)
    -> Variable Refresh Rate & PSR
    -> Assertive Display & CABC

    Touchscreen Controller: Synaptics ClearPad 3700     // Note: No need for any system-wide Implementations, but they have to be accessible for App-Developers (perhaps an Open Source Demo-App)!
    -> ClearForce Pressure Sensing Technology
    -> Up To 25mm Hover-Detection
    -> Side-Touch Functionality

    Cover Glass: Corning Gorilla Glass 4    // Note: The 2.5D Curved Sides allow for smoother Swiping from the Edges, they're also a Reminder of the HTC One X's design!
    -> Scratch- & Drop-Resistance
    -> Hydrophobic Nano-Coating
    -> Oleophobic Nano-Coating
    -> 2.5D Curved Sides

    Main Camera: 13MP ON Semi AR1337 Clarity+ Camera Sensor    // Note: The Qualcomm Snapdragon ISP pipeline can be reconfigured to use GPU Compute to eliminate the Need for a Pre-Processor!
    -> ON Semi's RCBC Clarity+ Color Filter Array drastically improves the SNR
    -> ON Semi's proprietary PDAF enables Fast Focussing even in Low Light
    -> Optical Image Stabilization, f/2.0 Aperture, Dual-Tone LED Flash
    -> Hybrid Video Stabilization (OIS + EIS when shooting in 16:9)
    -> 2160p30 UHD Video Recording (HEVC Encoding, 48Mbit/s)
    -> 1080p60 Video Recording (HEVC Encoding, 24Mbit/s)
    -> 720p120 Slow Motion (HEVC Encoding, 24Mbit/s)
    -> Qualcomm Snapdragon Camera Features
    -> HDR Photography & Video-Recording
    -> Hi-Fi Stereo Audio Recording
    -> CSI-2 (4-lanes), DHPY1.1

    Front Camera: 8MP OmniVision OV8856 Camera Sensor    // Note: The RGB Notification-LED can act as a "Dual-Tone" Selfie-Flash!
    -> Wide-Angle Lens, f/2.0 Aperture, "Dual-Tone" LED Selfie-Flash
    -> Electronic Image Stabilization (Using the Accelerometer)
    -> 1440p30 Video Recording (HEVC Encoding, 24Mbit/s)
    -> 1080p60 Slow Motion (HEVC Encoding, 24Mbit/s)

    -> Qualcomm Snapdragon Camera Features
    -> HDR Photography & Video Recording
    -> Hi-Fi Stereo Audio Recording
    -> CSI-2 (2-lanes), DHPY1.1

    Secondary Front Camera: 2MP OmniVision
OV2281 IR Camera Sensor    // Note: Using the Proximity Sensor's IR Emitter eliminates the need for a seperate IR source!
    -> Iris Scanner in both Landscape & Portrait Orientation
    -> 1920x1080p at 60FPS (Landscape)
    -> 1080x1920p at 60FPS (Portrait)
    -> Two-Stage Authentification
    -> CSI-2 (1-lane), DHPY1.1

    Proximity & Ambient Light Sensor: Avago APDS-9960    // Note: The ALS is needed for CABC, Assertive Display & Ambient Display (Hand Wave Gesture)
    -> Ambient Light & RGB Color Sensing
    -> Proximity & Gesture Sensing
    -> Integrated IR Emitter

    Sensors: 
InvenSense MPU-9250 9 Axis MEMS Motion Sensor    // Note: The integrated DMP provides Pedometer Functionality & Gesture Sensing, no need to use the Hexagon DSP or wake the CPU!
    -> 
Digital Input on FSYNC Pin to support Electronic Image Stabilization & GPS
    -> Additional ST LPS25HB MEMS Pressure Sensor (via Auxiliary I²C)
    -> Integrated DMP Engine offloads the Host-Processor
    -> Gesture: Picking up the Device (Ambient Display)
    -> Gesture: Motorola's "Chop Chop" (Flashlight)
    -> Gesture: Motorola's Double Twist (Camera)


    Sound: Wolfson WM5102S Smart Hi-Fi Codec with DSP    // Note: Wolfson's DSP enables Advanced Voice Processing like Voice Wakeup, Dual Microphone Noise Suppression & Echo Cancellation!
    -> Hi-Fi Stereo Audio Recording (24bit, 48kHz, 320kbit/s), 24bit 192kHz Hi-Fi Stereo Audio Playback & Class-D Amplifier for Haptic Feedback (LRA)
    -> Two Knowles SPH1668LM4H-1 Digital MEMS Microphones (1x Top, 1x Bottom) for Dual Microphone Noise Supression via Wolfson DSP
    -> Always On Hotword Voice Activation via Wolfson DSP ("Ok, Google" -> Wake Device & Start Google Now Voice Search / Assistant)
    -> Dual JBL Front Facing Speakers with 1.2W NXP TFA9897 Audio Amplifiers for Stereo Sound (Same as Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3)

    Power: ~3400 mA/h Embedded Lithium Polymer Battery
    -> Broadcom 
BCM59350 7.5W Wireless Charging PMU
    -> qi, pma & Rezence Wireless Charging Standards
    -> NuCurrent Tri-Mode MLMT Receiver Antenna
    -> Fast 15/24W Wired Charging (see USB)

    USB: Two USB Ports for Convenience & Future-Proofing    // Note: 
Since the MSM8956 only has one single USB 2.0 Interface, a USB Switch / Hub / Controller is needed!
    -> Future-proof USB 2.0 Type-C Port on the Bottom of the Device & convenient Micro-USB 2.0 Port on the Top of the Device
    -> Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 (12V, 2A = 24W), USB Power-Delivery 2.0 (12V, 1.5A = 18W) & Type-C 1.1 (5V, 3A = 15W)
    -> Backwards Compatiblity with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, USB Power Delivery 1.0 & USB Battery Charging 1.2

    Other Hardware Features:    // Note: By Increasing the Dual SIM / SD Hybrid Tray's height, Users can place a microSDXC Card on top of the first nanoSIM-Card -> Dual SIM & Expandable Storage!
    -> The Dual SIM / SD Hybrid Tray can hold 2 Nano-SIM Cards (Dual-SIM functionality) & a microSDXC Card (Expandable Storage)
    -> FPC1145 Fingerprint Reader integrated into the Power-Button -> Press to Wake & Unlock (Same as Nextbit Robin)
    -> The RGB Notification-LED (Centered above the Display) can be used as a Selfie-Flash (Short Burst / Overdrive)
    -> The Knowles Microphones include a Low-Power Mode, Perfect for Always-On Hotword Voice Activation
    -> A Linear Resonant Actuator for quiet & precise Haptic Feedback (Immersion TouchSense 3000)
    -> An IR Blaster on the Top of the Device to control Televisions & other Home Appliances

    Design: Matte White / Black Polycarbonat Unibody    // Note: Design reminiscent of the popular HTC One X & One X+
    -> Bottom: USB Type-C Port (left), Main Microphone & 3.5mm Headset-Jack (right)
    -> Right: Power-Button/Fingerprint-Reader (~Center), Volume Rocker (above)
    -> Top: microUSB Port (left), Secondary Microphone & IR Blaster (right)
    -> Left: Dual SIM / SD Hybrid Tray (Same Height as Volume-Rocker)
    -> Display-Drivers hidden underneath the HTC Logo on the Front
    -> Nano-Coating on the Open 3.5mm Headset- & USB-Ports
    -> IP67 Acoustic Vents (on the Microphones & Speakers)
    -> IP67 Certification (Water- & Dust-Resistance)
    -> 138 x 69 x 8.4mm (No Protruding Camera)



Software:

    Pure Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (AOSP):
    -> Fast Android Updates within 30 Days
    -> Animation Speed set to 0.75x
    -> Monthly Security Patches
    -> Unlocked Bootloader
    -> Kernel Source Code
    -> No Sense UI

    Android RRO Layers Theme Engine:
    -> Automatic Theme Switching (based on Time or Ambient Light)
    -> Material Light Theme (Default) & Material Dark Theme

    Qualcomm Hexagon DSP Optimizations:    // Note: The MPU-9250 & AK4961 enable always on Pedometer Functionality, Gesture Sensing & Voice Activation (see Hardware)!
    -> Sensor Engine: Handling Pre-Processed FIFO Sensor Data & Interrupts (from the MPU-9250, LPS25HB & APDS-9960)
    -> Low Power Music Playback & Voice Activation (in Conjunction with Wolfson's WM5102S Hi-Fi Audio Chip)
    -> Double Tap the Display to Wake & Double Tap the Status-Bar or Navigation-Bar to go to Sleep
    -> Fast Fingerprint Identification (Instant Wake & Unlock just by Pressing the Power-Button)
    -> Fast Camera Launch (Camera Standby), Electronic Image & Hybrid Video Stabilization

    Qualcomm Snapdragon ISP Pipeline Re-Configuration:
    -> Using the ISP & GPU to handle the Clarity+ Processing
    -> Eliminates the Need for a Clarity+ ICP3 Pre-Processor
    -> Electronic Image Stabilization (DSP & Accelerometer)
    -> Fast Phase Detection Autofocus & Correction

    Qualcomm Snapdragon Camera Features:    // Note: These are just Examples, Qualcomm offers a lot more!
    -> Hybrid Video Stabilization (OIS + EIS, Rear Camera) & Electronic Image Stabilization (Front Camera)
    -> Advanced Auto-Focus, Auto-Exposure & Auto-WhiteBalance (Advanced 3A)
    -> Adaptive Local Tone Mapping, Advanced Lens Shading Correction
    -> HDR Photography & Video Recording (aka Real-Time HDR)
    -> Ghost-free HDR, ChromaFlash, OptiZoom & UbiFocus
    -> Full Manual Mode (Both Photo & Video)
    -> Zero Shutter Lag & Burst-Mode
    -> Slow Motion & Time Lapse
    -> JPEG, PNG, RAW & BPG
    -> Automatic HDR Mode

    Qualcomm Snapdragon Display Features:    // Note: These are just Examples, Qualcomm offers a lot more!
    -> Ambient Display: Pick up the Device or wave your Hand over it to show Notifications
    -> TruPalette (incl. KCAL Advanced Color Control via the Settings App)
    -> EcoPix (incl. Variable Refresh Rate, Assertive Display & CABC)
    -> Double Tap the Status- or Navigation-Bar to go to Sleep
    -> Double Tap the Display to Wake the Device



Side-Notes:

    If you like my Concept, then please, by all means, go ahead & do it! Create a Device like this, I'm sure it will sell like hotcakes!
    -> December 2015 seems like a perfect Release Window: Holidays + Chance to win some "Best Phone of 2015"-Awards ;)
    -> And I'd be very grateful if you'd send me one unit & perhaps 1€ per Device-Sold in Exchange for my Work :)

    Exemplary ClearForce, 25mm Hover-Detection & Side-Touch Applications (Hover-Detection = Invisible Mouse Pointer):
    -> ClearForce: Gaming (Left Stick: Movement + Sprint [Force Level 1] + Jump [Force Level 2] & Right Stick: Aiming + Aim Down Sights [Force Level 1] + Fire [Force Level 2])
    -> 25mm Hover-Detection: Advanced Glove-Mode & Hover-Preview (For Example: Video Timeline Thumbnails & Hover-Menus on mobile-unfriendly Websites)
    -> Side-Touch: Hide the Navigation Bar (Double Side-Touch Left = Back, Double Side-Touch Right = Home & Double Side-Touch Both = Recents)
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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3+ / 4 (Concept/Suggestion) by r4yNTv
Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3+ / 4 (Concept/Suggestion)
Hardware specifications:

2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 (with Speaker Cut-Outs)
Corning's Antireflective and Easy-To-Clean Technology (AR/ETC)
5.1" FullHD SuperAMOLED Display with PSR (cp. Samsung Galaxy S5)
Synaptics 3700 Series Touch Controller (ClearForce, 25mm hover detection)
            Android already supports pressure & hover-/mouse-pointer detection
Technicolor Enhancements/Callibration (+ User-accessible Display Tweaking)
Dual IR Proximity-/Ambient light-sensors (1x top right, 1x bottom left)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 [MSM8976] (4x Cortex A72 + 4x Cortex A53 big.LITTLE, Adreno 510 GPU)
            Good thermals are important with stacked PCBs! -> ~200MHz CPU underclock, IKS instead of HMP?
32GB / 64GB Samsung/Toshiba eMMC 5.1 (command queuing, secure write protection, <10sec. cold boot)
3GB / 4GB Samsung/SK-Hynix Dual-channel 933MHz LPDDR3 Ram (PoP, cp. ASUS Zenfone 2)

LTE Advanced Cat.7 (300MBit down / 100MBit up, 2x CA)
Qualcomm Next generation RF360 (global LTE) + adaptive antennas
Two-sided SIM-Tray: Dual nano-SIM (top) + up to 128GB microSDXC (bottom)
Marvell Avastar 88W8887-01v5 (1x1 ac, Miracast, Wi-Fi Aware, BT 4.2, NFC, FM)
Qualcomm IZat Gen8C GNSS (integrated in the Snapdragon 620 System-on-a-Chip)
Two indipendent vibrating motors (1x top, 1x bottom) for more advanced haptic feedback
All the usual MEMS sensors (accelerometer, barometer, compass, gyroscope, pedometer, etc)
Qualcomm Hexagon V56 DSP (motion sensing, low-power music playback & always-on voice recognition)
            The DSP & GPU can also be used to convert the camera's RWBW-output into traditional RGBG-data

13MP ISOCELL RWBW Rear-Camera with PDAF* (HEVC Video Encoding)
Package: DualTone LED Flash, OIS, f/1.8 Aperture, 6p-lens (cp. Vivo Xshot)
Video Recording: 4K UHD (2160p) at 30fps, 2.5K WQHD (1440p) at 60fps
SlowMotion: 1080p at 120fps (2x2 binning), 720p (3x3 binning) at 240fps

8MP ISOCELL RWBW Front-Camera [S5K4H5YB] (HEVC Video Encoding)
Package: same as the Idol 3 (Same sensor size: 1/4" -> wide-angle, f/2.0, etc)
VideonRecording: 2.5K WQHD (1440p) at 30fps, 2K FHD (1080p) at 60fps

~4000mA/h Li-Po non-removable battery² (cp. Lenovo P70/P90)
Mediatek MT3188 5W qi+pma+Rezence Wireless Charging Receiver
            Alternatively: NuCurrent/Broadcom qi+pma+Rezence Wireless Charging Receiver
USB Type-C (USB 2.0, cp. Nexus 5X/Nexus 6P/OnePlus 2) + microUSB on the bottom
            Why both? USB Type-C to future-proof it, microUSB to use existing chargers
24W Quick Charge 3.0 certification (12V, 2A) on both the microUSB & Type-C ports
            + 15W USB Power Delivery 2.0 (5V, 3A) certification on the USB Type-C port
3.5mm headphone-jack (with supprt for 3-button headsets) + IR Blaster on the top
3 MEMS microphones (top, bottom, rear) for stereo recording with noise reduction

Dimensions: ~142x71x8.6mm (compact formfactor, no protuding elements -> no camera hump!)
Front Facing Stereo speakers by JBL (thicker body & bigger speaker holes should improve audio fidelity)
Metal frame (Anodized Aluminium 7000?) with chamfered edges, Volume Rocker on the right hand side
Matte black "soft-touch" polycarbonat backcover (Removable; logos & certifications on the inside!)
Rear Power-Button with integrated Fingerprint-Reader (Slightly recessed for easier finding)
IP67 Water- & Dust-resistance (nano-coating on the open headphone- & usb-ports)




Software features:

Pure Android 6.0 Marshmallow (no skins, whatsoever) with fast Software-Updates & (Kernel-)Source-Code publication
Android RRO Layers (AOSP Theming Engine) incl. an automatic Dark-/Night-Mode (for better battery life with the SuperAMOLED display)
Gestures via Dual IR Proximity-/Ambient Light-sensors (Hold hand over device to decline incoming call, wave hand over device to accept & switch to loudspeaker)
"Sunlight Display" via Dual IR Proximity-/Ambient Light-sensors (Makes changes to contrast, gamma & saturation for better readability in very bright sunlight)
Advanced Adaptive Display via Dual IR Proximity-/Ambient Light-sensors (More precise display dimming, no more dimming caused by accidentally covering the sensor)
Technicolor-callibrated Profiles (sRGB, NTSC, AdobeRGB) + User-Accessible Display Tweaking (Hue, Saturation, Color temperature, Gamma, Contrast, RGB-Values, etc)
Double-Tap to wake, Double tap status-/navigation-bar to sleep, Motorola-like gestures ("Chop" for Flashlight, Double twist to launch Camera, Google Now Voice Assistant)
Secure Wake/Unlock (Since the rear power-button doubles as a fingerprint reader, you can instantly wake and unlock your device using your fingerprints)
Alcatel OneTouch's Eye-D (Biometric Face-Scan), now even in low-light scenarios thanks to the RWB Color filter array and ISOCELL technology
Two stage authentification (For even higher levels of security, both the Fingerprint reader & Eye-D can be used to identify the user)
A custom Camera app including a fully manual mode (with RAW-capture, manual shutter speed, manual focus, manual exposure, etc)
Qualcomm Camera features (UbiFocus, OptiZoom, ChromaFlash, Hybrid AF [PDAF + Contrast AF], Hybrid Video Stabilization [OIS + EIS])
Android Pay (NFC antenna has to be at the top of the back, so that you don't block it with your finger when you're using the fingerprint-reader!)
Force-Touch (no built in system-wide functions since they could interfere with the assigned force-touch functions of third party apps & games)
Support for the newest image & video codecs / file formats (HEVC Video De- & Encoding, VP9 Decoding, BPG/WebP/RAW/PNG image capture)
            30MBit/s 4K HEVC Encoding achieves 33% higher quality while also reducing file size by 33% when compared to 45MBit/s 4K h.264 Encoding



Optional accessories:

5W qi- / pma- / Rezence-Wireless charging pads (5V, 1A)
15W USB Power Delivery 2.0 certified charger with USB to Type-C cable
24W QuickCharge 3.0 certified charger with 2 cables (1x USB to microUSB + 1x USB to Type-C)
Replaceable back covers: Denim, Brushed Plastic, Nylon, Sandstone, etc. (All of which in multiple colors)




Pricing: (using a lot of samsung components should help keep prices down; additionally MEMS sensors, MEMS microphones, audio amps & more can be purchased from STM, further reducing costs)

3GB Ram, 32GB storage variant: 349$
4GB Ram, 64GB storage variant: 399$

Pre-Order bonus: Save 50$
Developer bonus³: Get your device early when pre-ordering, save 50$ when buying it after release




A December 2015 release would be perfect: One of the first SD620 devices (with QuickCharge 3.0), just in time for christmas & a chance to become the best phone of 2015 :D




Potential marketing slogans:

"Why choose compromises? Choose the Idol 4!" // "The better Nexus [5X]" // "The 2016 Flagship Killer [OnePlus 2] Killer"

1. High-resolution photos OR excellent low light sensitivity? -> Why choose? 13/8MP with brand new RWBW-Color Filters and Samsung's ISOCELL technology
2. High performance OR long battery life? -> Why choose? The latest 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-Core Processor AND a high-capacity 4000mA/h battery
3. New standards OR legacy-device support? -> Why choose? New ac Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Aware, BT 4.2, NFC, USB Type-C AND legacy FM Radio, IR Blaster, microUSB port
4. Front facing stereo speakers OR compact dimensions? -> Why choose? Front facing stereo speakers by JBL AND a 5.2" display in a compact 142x71mm body resulting in a Screen-To-Body ratio of over 70%
5. Mass-adopted qi & pma (inductive) wireless charging OR the upcoming Rezence (resonant) wireless charging? -> Why choose? Multi-standard wireless charging receiver
And so on, and so on ;)




Notes:

*Rear-Camera: Samsung currently does not offer a 13MP RWBW ISOCELL sensor with PDAF, they do however offer a 13MP RGBG ISOCELL sensor with PDAF (used in the Oppo R7).
Applying their new RWBW color filters to the existing 13MP ISOCELL PDAF sensor should not be a problem, as their 8MP RWBW sensor was originally announced as a RGBG sensor, too.
And since Samsung's 13MP sensor has the same size as the Vivo Xshot's 13MP IMX214 sensor (which is 1/3.06"), it should be possible to use the Xshot's excellent camera package (OIS, 6p-lens, f/1.8), shouldn't it?

²How to fit a ~4000 mA/h battery in this compact body? By stacking two PCBs on top of each other and thus cutting the required PCB area in half. With the cool, low-power components (such as eMMC, audio codecs, sensors, etc) being on the bottom PCB and the hot, high-performance components (such as the AP, wireless connectivity chips, PMUs, etc) being on the top PCB.
Examplary PCB stacking:       PCB Area 1: eMMC storage, MEMS sensors, audio components, SIM/SD-card connectors, etc. (bottom) + PoP AP, Wireless SoC, LTE components (top)
                                            PCB Area 2: USB switch (micro/Type-C), PMUs (bottom) + MT3188 PCB (top)

³Developer bonus: Recognized XDA-developers can get the phone early (when pre-ordering) or at a lower price (after the release) -> building a custom ROM/kernel community (Source code has to be published ASAP!)




Side-notes & potential future plans:

There are roughly 3 different smartphone user groups:
[1] Users who prefer small phones (<=4.7" displays)
[2] Users who prefer medium-sized phones (5-5.2" displays)
[3] Users who prefer large phones a.k.a. "phablets" (>=5.5" displays)

The current Idol 3 series covers [1] & [3], the new Idol 4 would cover the missing [2].


Of course 4.7" & 5.5" versions of the Idol 4 could replace the current Idol 3 series in the future (2016?):

4.7" 720p ForceTouch SuperAMOLED display, Snapdragon 430, 3GB LPDDR3 Ram, 32GB eMMC 5.1, ~3000 mA/h battery, otherwise identical specs
5.5" 1080p ForceTouch SuperAMOLED display, OCed Snapdragon 620, 4GB LPDDR3 Ram, 64GB eMMC 5.1, ~4500mA/h battery, otherwise identical specs

What about pricing of the new Idol 4 versions?

4.7" 3GB/32GB variant: 249$
5.2" 3GB/32GB variant: 299$ (50$ price cut)
5.2" 4GB/64GB variant: 349$ (50$ price cut)
5.5" 4GB/64GB variant: 399$
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