HTC Forest Concept Phone Employs Trackball and Mystery Android OS

February 11, 2011
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Here at Android Community, and indeed at the R3 network as a whole, we really love a good concept here and there, especially when that concept is a bit of industrial design along the lines of a smartphone. We like it DOUBLY when we find out it's an Android phone, just like that's happened here with the HTC Forest, a concept phone by Long-Nong Huang. Before we go any further - can you guess its prospective specs?

This HTC concept phone features a 4.1 inch SLCD display, has a 1.2 GHz mystery processor, and employs an aluminum unibody case. And incase you did not notice, it features physical capacitive touch buttons under the display as well as a trackball. A trackball! The thought of such a thing sets my ears on fire.

What do you think, ladies and gentlemen, is this a phone of the future or of the past? With trackball support we're going to have to put our chickens in the past basked, as Android 3.0 Honeycomb and thus Android 2.4 or 2.5 Ice Cream are running in the opposite direction of physical buttons, instead relying much more heavily on controls provided by the OS inside the screen.

As far as the look of the phone, on the other hand, we'd vote future or present, as this phone looks rather like something that could very well be released with the scent of Gingerbread on it, no problem. On that note, if you know of or have made any concept phones like this one (or completely unlike this one) that are made for Android, send them our way! We'd love to make a post about them.

[via Concept Phones]


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  • http://twitter.com/TittieBaby ⊥iπi∃ Β∀βγ

    that looks uber photshopped

    • http://twitter.com/JamesBoen James Boen

      Yeh, Chris should be able to see that, it looks… weird. and WTF with the upper speaker?!?

  • http://twitter.com/TittieBaby ⊥iπi∃ Β∀βγ

    that looks uber photshopped

  • Kenmckean

    I want one!

  • Kayjay

    Da phone may be fake but I love the trackball on my nexus 1 and I’d love to have 1 on the next phone I get

  • Kayjay

    Da phone may be fake but I love the trackball on my nexus 1 and I’d love to have 1 on the next phone I get

  • paulikxp

    Doesn’t look bad. The bezel is amazing thin, the silver frame looks somewhat outdated. I like the trackball on my N1 and I like it here. The aluminium sounds nice as well.
    The fake is pretty obvious: German UI, localisation in London, 15th September is the date, rather long tim ago.
    For me somebody tried to ‘build’ a Desire/N1 successor.

  • GetAGrip

    What’s peoples’ problem with the trackball? It’s a darn useful feature, not only for selecting text, but for mouse control over VNC/RDP, swiping to another screen and Google Earth/Maps. I fail to understand why people won’t discover the usefulness of this feature. Should be mandatory on all future phones, IMHO.