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75 Mobile Design Innovations

From Gaming Smartphone Concepts to Multifunctional Mobile Buttons

— June 8, 2016 — Tech
These mobile design innovations range from female-centric mobile devices to gaming smartphone concepts that are modeled after retro Nintendo controllers. In addition to a handful of affordable, durable and luxe smartphones, other standouts include compact or minimalist devices that are specifically designed to promote privacy or to discourage too much screen time in today's digitally obsessed world.

A notable example is the Kickstarter-funded 'Janus One' model that boasts a retro and button-accented interface. Rather than allowing for mobile gaming and app access, the device offers durability and is equipped with the bare essentials -- calling and texting capabilities that keep communication brief and specific.

When examining smartphone features like buttons or LCD displays, standouts include wrap-around screens that are not only flexible but also more versatile and durable than traditional designs. Additionally, customizable smartphone button stickers and hands-free phone controllers make communication easier and ensure that drivers aren't distracted while behind the wheel.


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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Developing Market Smartphones
Developing Market Smartphones
The LG K Series Entry-Level Smartphones Offers Affordable Usage
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73
Upgraded Budget Smartphones
Upgraded Budget Smartphones
Lenovo's New Moto G Phones Offer Top-Notch Features For Low Cost
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72
Enhanced RAM Smartphones
Enhanced RAM Smartphones
The LeEco Le Max 2 is a New Smartphone with 6GB of RAM
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71
Shoestring Budget Smartphones
Shoestring Budget Smartphones
The Microsoft Lumia 550 Can Be Yours For Only $140
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70
Comprehensive Chinese Smartphones
Comprehensive Chinese Smartphones
This OnePlus Smartphone Features Expansive Storage Capabilities
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69
Low-Cost Premium Smartphones
Low-Cost Premium Smartphones
The Meizu M3 Note is Packed with Lots of Features at a Low Price
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68
Rapid-Processing Smartphones
Rapid-Processing Smartphones
The Vernee Apollo Lite Smartphone is Designed For Glitch-Free Use
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67
Pressure-Activated Phone Interfaces
Pressure-Activated Phone Interfaces
Apple's 3D Touch Tech Lets Users Access Features With a Tap
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66
Speedy Waterproof Smartphones
Speedy Waterproof Smartphones
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is an Advanced Smartphone Ready for Action
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65
Amplifier-Inspired Smartphones
Amplifier-Inspired Smartphones
The Marshall London is Targeted Towards Musicians and Audiophiles
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64
Premium Affordable Smartphones
Premium Affordable Smartphones
The Meizu M3 is Set to be Available in China for $92
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63
Compact Budget Smartphones
Compact Budget Smartphones
The Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini is a Capable Yet Affordable New Device
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62
Gesture Control Smartphones
Gesture Control Smartphones
The ZTE Blade S6 Offers Solid Specs at a Budget Price
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61
Selfie-Focused Smartphones
Selfie-Focused Smartphones
The Sony Xperia XA Ultra Features a Hi-Res and Large-Scale Front Camera
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60
Ultra-Rapid Smartphones
Ultra-Rapid Smartphones
The Lumia 950 Blends Speedy Functioning With Slick Design
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59
Stimulating Baby Phones
Stimulating Baby Phones
The VTech Touch and Swipe is a Smartphone For Babies and Toddlers
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58
Female-Focused Smartphones
Female-Focused Smartphones
The Cyrcle Smartphone is Intended to Appeal to Women
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57
Affordable Minimalist Smartphones
Affordable Minimalist Smartphones
The Nokia 230 Targets Consumers in Developing Markets
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56
Curved-Screen Smartphones
Curved-Screen Smartphones
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Features a Curved Glass Back
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55
Cost-Effective Smartphones
Cost-Effective Smartphones
The Zuk Z2 Smartphone is Available in China for Approximately $270
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54
Fingerprint-Accessed Mobile Interfaces
Fingerprint-Accessed Mobile Interfaces
Android 6.0 Marshmallow Uses Fingertip Authentication
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53
TV Content-Streaming Smartphones
TV Content-Streaming Smartphones
The Asus Zenfone Go TV Smartphone Device Features a TV Tuner
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52
Glimmering Gilded Smartphones
Glimmering Gilded Smartphones
Goldgenie Has Given the Samsung Galaxy S7 the Midas Touch
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51
Holographic Phone Displays
Holographic Phone Displays
HoloFlex Created a One-of-a-Kind 3D Phone Using Holographs
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50
Rapid-Processing Smartphones
Rapid-Processing Smartphones
Meizu's New High-End Smartphone Comes With 6 GB of RAM
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49
Sleek Expandable Smartphones
Sleek Expandable Smartphones
The Oppo R9 and R9 Plus Feature Fast Charge Technology and More
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48
Pint-Sized Smartphones
Pint-Sized Smartphones
The New iPhone SE is a Smaller and More Affordable Smartphone Option
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47
Metal Bezel Smartphones
Metal Bezel Smartphones
This Motorola Smartphone Concept Sees the Device Embrace Larger Size
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46
High-Performance Smartphones
High-Performance Smartphones
The Motorola X Style (Pure Edition) Has An Improved Screen Size
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45
Multifunctional Smartphone Buttons
Multifunctional Smartphone Buttons
The TAP Device is an NFC Tag Allowing for a Multitude of Uses
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44
Tactile Smartphone Designs
Tactile Smartphone Designs
This Concept ASUS Diverges From the Minimalist Mobile Movement
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43
Swiveling Camera Smartphones
Swiveling Camera Smartphones
The Oppo N3 Smartphone Has Motorized Selfie Camera
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42
Rebooted Mid-Range Smartphones
Rebooted Mid-Range Smartphones
The HTC One A9 Gives You Freedom of Functionality
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41
Curved-Edge Metallic Smartphones
Curved-Edge Metallic Smartphones
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Has a Metal Frame and Glass Back
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40
Transparent-Back Smartphones
Transparent-Back Smartphones
This Modified Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Has Its Innards Exposed
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39
Revised Flagship Smartphones
Revised Flagship Smartphones
This New LG Smartphone Features an Improved Processor Unit
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38
VR Smartphone Platforms
VR Smartphone Platforms
Google Daydream is an Android Version That's Optimized for VR
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37
Ultra-Durable Smartphones
Ultra-Durable Smartphones
The MD501 by DeWalt is a Smartphone Designed for Tough Environments
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36
Endless Storage Smartphones
Endless Storage Smartphones
Nextbits' Cloud Storage Smartphone Provides Infinite Space
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35
Privacy-Focused Smartphones
Privacy-Focused Smartphones
This Private Mobile Features Secure Apps and Encrypted Messaging
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34
Internationally Affordable Smartphones
Internationally Affordable Smartphones
Obi's Worldphone Appeals to Millennials Around the World
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33
Bejewelled Gold Smartphones
Bejewelled Gold Smartphones
This Gold Smartphone is an iPhone SE Transformed By Goldgenie
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32
Unobtrusive Waterproof Smartphone Cases
Unobtrusive Waterproof Smartphone Cases
The Evo Xplorer Offers Dust, Shock and Dropping Protection
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31
Crystal-Clear Smartphones
Crystal-Clear Smartphones
This Huawei Smartphone's Screen Lets You View Content With Clarity
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30
Affordable Luxury Smartphones
Affordable Luxury Smartphones
The ZTE Blade V7 and V7 Lite are the Cheaper Successors to the Axon
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29
Fingerprint-Scanning Smartphones
Fingerprint-Scanning Smartphones
Leaked Sony's Xperia Z5 Images Highlight a High Camera Quality
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28
Next Generation Smartphones
Next Generation Smartphones
The Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Phones Contain Many New Features
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27
Ultra-Secure Smartphones
Ultra-Secure Smartphones
The GranitePhone Encrypts Your Phone Calls, Chats and Contacts
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26
Customizable Phone Button Stickers
Customizable Phone Button Stickers
Dimple Adds Four Custom Buttons to Your Android
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25
Buoyant Waterproof Phones
Buoyant Waterproof Phones
The 'Comet' Device Boasts Floating Capabilities When Submerged in Water
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24
Sleek Ultra-Secure Smartphones
Sleek Ultra-Secure Smartphones
The Sirin 'SOLARIN' Smartphone Protects Against Cyber Attacks
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23
Button-Less Smartphone Concepts
Button-Less Smartphone Concepts
Nokia's Normandy Android Interface Leaked at CES 2014
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22
Digitized Radio Smartphones
Digitized Radio Smartphones
This New LG Smartphone Supports DAB+ Radio Formats
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21
Flexible Smartphone Screens
Flexible Smartphone Screens
The Galaxy X Cellular Will Feature a Fully Pliable Exterior
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20
Foldable Flip Smartphones
Foldable Flip Smartphones
The Oppo Concept Flip Phone Revives the Former Design With Modern Tech
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19
Sleek Budget Smartphones
Sleek Budget Smartphones
The Lenovo Vibe K5 and K5 Plus Appeal to Bargain Smartphone Buyers
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18
Curved-Screen Smartphones
Curved-Screen Smartphones
This Chinese Smartphone Features Ridiculously High Processing Power
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17
Revolutionary Flexible Phones
Revolutionary Flexible Phones
This Foldable Smartphone from Samsung Bends in Half Without Breaking
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16
Lasting Titanium Smartphones
Lasting Titanium Smartphones
The Gresso Radical Has a Strong and Extremely Durable Titanium Body
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15
Powerfully Petite Smartphones
Powerfully Petite Smartphones
The Posh Mobile Micro X S240 is a Small Android Phone with Power
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14
Gaming Smartphone Concepts
Gaming Smartphone Concepts
'Nintendo Plus' is a Smartphone and Gaming Console Hybrid
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13
Simplified Senior Smartphones
Simplified Senior Smartphones
Zilta is a Phone for the Elderly That Makes Communication Easy
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12
Self-Charging Phones
Self-Charging Phones
Nikola Labs Charges Itself by Collecting & Converting Radio Frequencies
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11
Simplified Smartphone Cases
Simplified Smartphone Cases
The 'EziSmart' Features Enlarged Buttons and an Emergency Function
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10
Digital Detox Smartphones
Digital Detox Smartphones
This Simplified Smartphone Has No Screen or Apps
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9
Senior-Targeted Smartphones
Senior-Targeted Smartphones
This Fujitsu Smartphone is Providing Easier Access to Communication
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8
Flexible Bracelet Smartphones
Flexible Bracelet Smartphones
Chinese Company Moxi Group Will Sell the First Bendable Smartphone
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7
All-Screen Smartphone Concepts
All-Screen Smartphone Concepts
Apple Has Published a Patent for an All-Screen iPhone
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6
Credit Card-Sized Phones
Credit Card-Sized Phones
The Aeku M5 Micro Phone Features Low Radiation Levels When Used
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5
Minimized Mobile Phones
Minimized Mobile Phones
This Slim and Compact Phone Actually Sheds the Most Hi-Tech Features
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4
Luxurious Presidential Smartphones
Luxurious Presidential Smartphones
This iPhone is Decorated with a Gold Encrusted Vladimir Putin
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3
Wraparound LCD Displays
Wraparound LCD Displays
This Flexible LCD Display Can Be Wrapped Around Your Wrist
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2
Minimalist Functionality Phones
Minimalist Functionality Phones
This Minimalist Phone Give You Basic Functions with a Sleek Design
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1
Super Slick Smartphones
Super Slick Smartphones
The Phone Designer Surface Phone Has a Crisp Look to Match Clean Operation
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