The world is full of iPhones, Samsungs and Pixel. Yet, there are some of us who crave for something different in our smartphones. But with the intense competition that goes on with the manufacturers these days, it’s hard to expect anything out of the box. Of course, smartphones have been getting better day by day.
Manufacturers continue to pack in more features with each model that comes out. But what happens when a company not known for making smartphones decide to give it a try?
With the right resources and technology, the result can turn out to be quite interesting.
The first one on the list is something new. It was announced a few months back but is yet to hit the market. This phone comes from the renown cinema camera maker, RED.
Priced at $1,200 (or $1,600 depending on which version), the device includes a 5.7-inch display. Now what’s special about this phone is that it comes with a holographic display. In other words, the Hydrogen One allows you to view actual 3D content.
As to how this particular technology works, according to RED, the screen technology is all thanks to their exclusive partnership with a startup called Leia Inc. The company hasn’t really revealed anything further about the Hydrogen One. But pre-orders are already underway and according to RED, the phone will be shipping early 2018.
Everybody knows Lamborghini and their powerful supercars. Even our very own Dilantha Malagamuwa drives one. But what you might not know is that the company has their own line of smartphones. In August, they unveiled their latest addition, the Alpha One.
If the premium leather casing wasn’t any indication, this phone is certainly not for the average Joe. The Lamborghini Alpha One is priced at $2,450. That’s roughly LKR 376,000. Is it really worth at that price tag, even for a luxury phone? Maybe, maybe not.
If you thought $2,450 was a hefty price for a smartphone, how about $20,000? Meet Sirin Labs’ Solarin phone. So what’s so special about Solarin? For starters, the phone emphasizes security, offering 256-bit end-to-end AES encryption. It also has a switch that when flipped, your phone goes into security mode. Here, you will only be able to take phone calls and message verified people on your contact list.
So yes, Sirin Labs has definitely taken security seriously. But its not all about security though. The Solarin has a quite a decent rear camera (17.8MP) and front camera (8MP). Accompanying the camera is a 5.5-inch 1440p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.
One more unique feature of the phone is its warranty. If your Solarin runs into any issues, an expert will from the company will visit and fix it for you. If this doesn’t work out then you will get a brand new Solarin. Obviously, these sort of smartphones isn’t for everyone. After all, $20,000 (roughly LKR 3 million) is no small amount. At that price the phone better take me to Switzerland when we switch to Airplane mode.
One of the most heard buzzwords in recent times is blockchain. The past few years have sparked quite a bit of discussion on the subject. This is due to the likes of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum. So it’s not surprising to see companies attempt to design products around blockchain. Take Sirin Labs’ latest product, for example, the Finney.
This is a high-end smartphone that caters to those in the cryptocurrency market. Sirin Labs call the phone to be the most secure phone around. Regardless of the validity of the claim, one can understand why they say it is so. The blockchain based phone is said to be packed with behavioral based Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), secured communications, and even a physical security switch. They’ve gone as far as having 3-factor authentication (biometric, lock pattern and behavioral).
Touching on a few other noteworthy specs, the Finney smartphone is also equipped with 8 GB RAM, 16MP main camera and 12MP selfie camera, and 256 GB of internal storage. How much will all of this cost? A whopping $999 (target). You can check them out for more details here.
This might not really be a unique one compared to the others on the list. But I felt like its still worth the mention. After all, how often does a company build a proper smartphone meant for gamers? Last time someone made a phone for gamers was when Nokia had the N-Gage series.
Now Razer isn’t a new player in the gaming scene. After buying over Nextbit, it was only a matter of time until the company announced a smartphone under the Razer brand. As we all suspected, out came the Razer phone. 5.7 inch screen, 1440×2560 pixel resolution (~551 PPI), Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835, 8 GB RAM, 4000mAh battery and 120Hz refresh rate. Not bad for a company releasing their first smartphone.
There are plenty of smartphones out there that seem out of the ordinary. There are phones like the Dras, where you can fold/bend the phone, literally. No, I’m not talking about bending like the iPhone 6 Plus. There are also modular phones like the ZTE Eco-Mobius modular smartphone and. So rather than covering every single weird phone out there, we thought of talking about a few that we felt were worth mentioning.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start. A caravan stop consists of different sessions about creating unique ideas for startup ventures and strategies for financing those ideas.
Come join the sessions on the 19th of December, starting with 2 pm at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
The event is free of charge! REGISTRATION is mandatory for this event
(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SLIIT, New Kandy Road, Malabe
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount Likuid Members: 20% discount Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount
Likuid Members: 20% discount
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount
Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity to help each other having a more productive digital nomad new year and build better cooperations for teamwork.
During this peer to peer learning session you can share your experiences to help others and learn from other practitioners. Together, dive into the most painful problems and brainstorm on solutions. It’s for you if you resonate with some of these questions:
How do I integrate work, life and travel?
How do I keep motivated to achieve?
How do I keep engaged with a client?
How do I manage my time and energy?
How do I get clients?
How do I find people to collaborate with?
How to deal with time differences?
How can I make human interactions with slack profiles?
How to set realistic goals in constantly changing environment?
What are the best tools & methods for productivity?
What’s the secret of aligned teams?
What are the best skills for a digital nomad?
ABOUT THE METHOD:
“We create space for meaningful conversations, experimental and peer to peer learning. Nothing frontal, no preaching. But space for your very unique questions.”
+ Full-day mentored learning program
+ Breakfast on the roof
+ BBQ lunch on the roof
+ Goodie bags & Take-home handbooks
+ Post-event networking
ABOUT THE HOST:
Kitti is a digital nomad herself and a marketing consultant for innovative companies and early stage startups. She is a conversation ambassador for tedxdanubia, hosted meaningful conversations on ideas worth spreading. In the past years she worked in self organized teams, practiced facilitation, joined peer to peer networks, decentralized teams and cocreated a collective of freelancers. She is a cofounder of a sustainability startup that just secured its first round of investment. Worked as a mentor for many startups, and in the meantime she visited more than 15 countries.
Are you a Sri Lankan female entrepreneur or a local social business? Reach out for your discounted tickets!
PRICE IN SRI LANKAN RUPEES:
Regular: LKR 5000
Early Bird till 16th of Dec: LKR 4000
Likuid Members: LKR 4000
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): LKR 2500
(Saturday) 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
5 Charles Place 00300 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup. He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup.
He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain technologies.
1. Work with Hyperledger Fabric and Explorer.
2. Business use case with Hyperledger Blockchain Framework
3. Q&A session
This is a Free session. Register here
(Friday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Startup X Foundry
07, Charles Place, Colombo 03, Colombo
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