Who says a smartphone must be black rectangular? A Cyrcle concept phone with a circular screen was unveiled at the CES 2020 show. Although it is not yet in the mass production phase (its display prototype is printed by a 3D printer and looks a bit rough), the U.S.-based company says it aims to launch for $700 in the first quarter of 2021.
In fact, the company introduced a 2G network version as early as 2016, and then Cyrcle introduced a version that supports 4G LTE networks, with a large degree of adjustment to the internal hardware while preserving the industry’s rare circular styling.
The Cyrcle concept phone, shown at CES 2020, runs Android 9 and features a 3.45-inch touch screen. Christina Cyr, Cyrcle’s chief executive, said that while some applications, including games, had to be redesigned to adapt to the shape, the company would allow mainstream apps to retain a square interface based on user feedback and shrink it to fit the circular screen.
Media CNET live experience of this Cyrcle concept phone, said holding the hand is not good, but can not be stuffed into the pants pocket. The overall grip experience is like holding an oversized pocket watch, or a giant Android Wear watch.
The phone also has two 13-megapixel cameras, dual SIM card features and two headphone jacks on the front and back. Christina Cyr says young people want to share their favorite music, so it’s important to offer two headphone jacks.