Linshof Launching i8 Android Smartphone And A Tablet

Linshof Launching i8 Android Smartphone And A Tablet
Linshof Launching i8 Android Smartphone And A Tablet

Linshof i8 is an upcoming high-end Android Smartphone made in Germany. For starters, the phone has a 5-inch 1080p display with "Super AMOLED, IPS technology". CEO Dr. Tomas Bencik assured us that it "carefully color calibrated the Super AMOLED version" because it had "a little bit crazy colors, in our standards". Thus, both displays should be near identical in color reproduction.

Linshof i8 has 80GB of internal storage, which is an unusual number. How so? Linshof used one standard 64GB chip and an additional 16GB module, "dedicated to apps" and "clocked much faster than usual". Both modules are supplied by SanDisk. The smartphone is powered by a 32-bit octa-core 2.1GHz processor paired with 3GB of "fast clocked RAM". As the final specs could change ahead of the Q1 2015 release date (which happens all the time), Linshof opted not to elaborate right now.

There is a 13MP rear camera with a 28mm wide-angle lens, F1.8 aperture value for low-light photography, and a Sony CMOS sensor. The front camera is an 8MP unit, but we all know it takes more than megapixels to take that perfect selfie.

Linshof tablet

The package is rounded out by Android 5.0 Lollipop, topped off with either Linshof's custom "hardware-accelerated" UI, or an optional touch-based Linux build, which is still in early works. The UI looks like a cross between Windows Phone and Samsung TouchWiz, showing familiar tiles, fonts, and color choices. The software keys are redesigned and positioned bottom left, while the status bar appears to their right, which is an unusual arrangement.

A 3100mAh battery drives the phone, which also offers GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, an electronic compass, a gyroscope, HDMI 1.4 support with 3D, NFC and WiFi/LTE (4G).

How much will you pay for all that? The Linshof i8 is priced at $380 unlocked, which is a very competitive price. It is expected to ship in Q1 2015. For tablet fans, a 10-inch Linshof tablet with the same design language and specs, save for a 2048*1536 display and 9000mAh battery will be available around the same time.

Linshof i8 main specs

  • 5-inch Full HD display
  • 80GB internal Storage
  • 2.1GHz Octa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 13MP HD rear and 8MP selfie Camera
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with Linshof UI
  • Priced $380

Linshof Tablet main specs

  • 10-inch QXGA AMOLED display
  • 80GB internal storage
  • 2.1GHz Octa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 13MP HD Rear and 8Mp selfie camera
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with Linshof based UI
  • Priced $360


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