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Lenovo Vibe Alpha [Concept / Suggestion]

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Display
  • 5.0" 1920x1080p AH-IPS Display from JDI¹
  • 90% NTSC Color Space (= Vibrant Colors)
  • 1500:1 Contrast Ratio (= Deep Blacks)
  • 2cd/m² Minimum Brightness (Night)
  • 450cd/m² Maximum Brightness


Display Enhancements
  • MediaTek's MiraVision Display Engine
  • Color Tuning (= Display Callibration)
  • SmartScreen (= Assertive Display)
  • ClearMotion 60FPS Interpolation
  • MiraVision HQ 1080p Upscaling


Touchscreen
  • Synaptics ClearPad 3700 Touchscreen Controller
  • 2 Finger Clear-Force, Side-Touch & Hovering
  • Fully laminated One-Glass-Solution (OGS)


Cover Glass
  • Asahi Dragontrail-X Cover Glass
  • Anti-Fingerprint Nano-Coating
  • Scratch- & Crack-Resistance


Processor
  • MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 SoC
  • 64bit, True Octa-Core (2.0GHz)
  • Vulkan API-ready G6200 GPU


Memory
  • 3GB Dual-Channel 933MHz LPDDR3
  • 32GB Internal Storage (eMMC 5.0)
  • Samsung ePoP Memory Solution²
  • Micro-SDXC Card Slot (200GB)


Cellular Connectivity
  • Integrated MediaTek 4G LTE Modem (FDD & TDD)
  • LTE Bands: 3, 4, 5, 7, 17, 20, 38 (41) & 40³
  • 2x SIM Trays (Dual SIM, Dual Standby)


Wireless Connectivity
  • MediaTek MT6630x (ac, BT4.2, FM & GNSS)
  • Mediatek MT6605 v2.1 NFC Controller
  • Infineon SLE 97 Secure Element


Sensors
  • Ams TMG3993 RGBC Color & IR Gestures Sensor
  • Bosch BMP280 Pressure & Temperature Sensor
  • Bosch BHI160 6 Axis Android Sensor Hub
  • Bosch BMM150 3 Axis Magnetometer
  • Always On LP Gesture Recognition
  • Ambient Display (Android OS)


Audio
  • Integrated Cirrus WM8281 Hi-Fi Audio Codec with Programmable DSP⁷
  • Dual Front Facing Speakers (= Stereo) with NXP TFA9897 Amplifiers
  • Dual Bosch AKU151 Always On LP Microphones (1 Top & 1 Bottom)
  • Single Rear Bosch AKU350 Hi-Fi Microphone (Next to the Camera)
  • Waves MaxxAudio Mobile 2.0 Algorithms (via WM8281's DSP)
  • Dual Samsung 8mm LRAs (Haptic Feedback via WM8281)⁸
  • Always On LP Voice Activation ("OK, Google" Wake-Up)


Rear Camera
  • 16MP Samsung Britecell Sensor (1.0u Pixels, RWB & Smart WDR)
  • f/2.0 Aperture, 0.1s Phase Detection AF & 4K UHD HEVC Video
  • Local Tone Mapping, InstantFocus (PDAF) & TrueBright (RWB)⁹
  • Ams TMD4903 RGBC "Color Spectrum" & Proximity Sensor¹⁰
  • Ams AS3648 2.0A Dual-Tone CCT LED Flash (2x 1.0A)


Front Camera
  • 8MP Samsung S5K4H5YB Britecell Sensor (1.12u Pixels & RWB)
  • f/2.0 Aperture, >80° Wide-Angle Lens & 1080p HEVC Video
  • Local Tone Mapping, Face Beautifier & TrueBright (RWB)
  • 6-Axis Electronic Video Stabilization (Bosch BHI160)
  • Ams AS3668 RGBW Notification LED / Selfie Light
  • Ams TMG3993 RGBC "Color Spectrum" Sensor¹¹


Battery
  • 3400mA/h non-removable Samsung Lithium Ion Polymer Cell Battery (700Wh/l)
  • Silicon Image Sil7023 USB 2.0 Type-C 1.1 Port + SiI8348 MHL 2.0 Transmitter
  • MediaTek MT3188 5W Qi/PMA/Rezence Multi-Mode Wireless Charging Receiver
  • 15W Fast Charging (USB Type-C 1.1) & 5W Wireless Charging (Multi-Mode)


Design
  • Anodized Aluminium Frame with chamfered Edges (on both Sides)
  • Brushed Aluminium Camera Strip & Carbon Fiber Back Cover
  • FPC1145 Fingerprint Sensor & Power-Button (Right Side)
  • Bottom: USB Type-C Port, 3.5mm Jack & Lanyard Loop
  • Dimensions (roughly): 138x69x8.2mm & 130-140g
  • IP67 Rating (Nano-Coated Ports & Acoustic Vents)
  • Engraved Lenovo Vibe Logo in the Camera Strip



Software
  • Android OS 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Guaranteed Android N Update
  • Monthly OS Security Patches
  • Fully Unlocked Bootloader
  • Full Kernel Source Code¹²
  • 3D Gaming in 720p30¹³
  • Camera-2 API & Raw¹⁴
  • Haptic Feedback+¹⁵
  • Clear Scrolling¹⁶



Larger Variant
  • You could also release a bigger Variant of the Alpha, the Alpha Plus
  • 5.5" 1920x1080p IPS Display (1500:1 Contrast & Vibrant Colors)¹⁷
  • Higher Clocked 2.2GHz MediaTek MT6795T Helio X10 Processor
  • Bigger 3800mA/h Samsung Lithium Ion Polymer Cell Battery
  • Larger Footprint: 151x74x7.8mm (Rough Dimensions)
  • Otherwise Identical Specifications to the Alpha



Marketing
  • Suggested Price Tag: 199$ (5.0" Alpha) & 229$ (5.5" Alpha+)
  • Global Availability (US-, EU- & Asia-compatible 4G LTE Bands)¹⁸
  • "iPhone [5S] like Gaming" (PowerVR Series 6 GPU & 720p)
  • Immersive Sound (Hi-Fi Audio & Front Stereo Speakers)
  • Tough (IP67 Rated, Dragontrail-X & Carbon Fiber Back)
  • Dev-Friendly (Unlocked Bootloader & Kernel Source)



Annotations
  1. Same Display as in the Cubot X16 & X17 (but alternatively you could also re-use the Lenovo Vibe Shot's Display as it's very similar)
  2. Samsung's ePoP (embedded Package on Package) with 32GB eMMC 5.0 & 3GB LPDDR3 was first announced in early 2015: www.samsung.com/semiconductor/…
  3. MediaTek's Integrated LTE Modem supports a total of 8 LTE Bands, consisting of 3 Low-Bands (5, 17 & 20), 2 Mid-Bands (3 & 4) & 3 High-Bands (7, 38 [41] & 40): www.mediatek.com/en/news-event…
  4. MediaTek's MT6630x supports Dual-Band ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 (!), FM Radio & GNSS (GPS, Glonass & Beidou). It was first certified in March 2015: www.bluetooth.org/tpg/QLI_view…
  5. MediaTek's MT6605 v2.1 support NFC according to the NFC Forum Device Specifications 1.3 & was first certified in August 2015: nfc-forum.org/wp-content/uploa…
  6. Since the Helio X10 is lacking an integrated Sensor Hub (unlike the Helio X20 with its Cortex M4), it's important to have a Motion Sensor with an integrated Android Sensor Hub, in this case the Bosch BHI160
  7. The Cirrus (previously Wolfson) WM8281 Hi-Fi Audio Codec is part of MediaTek's Reference Platform for both the MT6595 & the MT6795 (= Helio X10): en.ctimes.com.tw/DispNews.asp?…
  8. Since the NXP TFA9897 Speaker Amplifiers have a Digital Interface, the WM8281's Analog Outputs can be used to drive 2 Linear Resonant Actuators for more Advanced Haptic Feedback (1x Top & 1x Bottom)
  9. MediaTek's TrueBright Engine supports RWB Sensors, InstantFocus enables 0.1s PDAF & Local Tone Mapping enhances the Dynamic Range of both Photos & Videos: www.mobilegeeks.com/mediatek-s…
  10. The Rear TMD4903 analyzes the ambient light ("Color Spectrum"), measures the Distance of Objects less than 1m away ("Laser AF") & doubles as an IR Remote ("Universal Remote")
  11. Like the Rear TMD4903, the Front TMG3993 analyzes the Ambient Light & can provide Color Temperature / White-Balance Information for the Front Camera ("Color Spectrum")
  12. At this Point, the Helio X10 is roughly 1 Year old, so MediaTek should be okay with releasing the Source Code for Android Developers - Custom Roms & Kernels are a Must-Have!
  13. The G6200 GPU is quite weak, so render 3D Games in 720p at 30fps, upscale it to 1080p (MiraVision) & interpolate the Framerate to 60fps (ClearMotion) to achieve stable FPS, less Heat & lower Power Consumption
  14. Pro Camera: Take the Lenovo Vibe Shot's Camera App (Full Manual Controls & DNG RAW Capture for Photos + Manual Focus for Videos) and replace the yellow Accents & Buttons with White Ones
  15. Haptic Feedback+: Having 2 indipendent Linear Resonant Actuators (1 Top & 1 Bottom) allows for more Advanced Haptic Effects (Similar to the 2 Vibrating Motors in a Gamepad), e.g. Vibration only on the left or right Side
  16. Clear Scrolling: Map Swiping along the Display's Edges to a Mouse's Scrolling, so that Users can scroll through Content (e.g. Websites) without their Fingers blocking the View (Edge Swipe = Synaptics SideTouch)
  17. It's the same High Contrast IPS Display you have used in the Lenovo K3 Note (I am not entirely sure about how much of the NTSC Color Space it actually covers 'though)
  18. US LTE Bands: 4, 5 & 17 (Missing Band 12 for VoLTE & Band 2 due to the 2 Mid-Bands Modem Limit) + EU LTE Bands: 3, 7 & 20 + Asian LTE Bands: 3, 5, 7, 38 (41) & 40
    Or is it perhaps possible to switch between LTE Bands 1 & 3 (for EU & Asia) vs. LTE Bands 2 & 4 (for US) in Software (based on Location) since they operate in very similar Frequencies?
    Both 1+3 & 2+4 together (!) cover 1700MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz & 2100MHz (But of course with some slight Changes in Regards to Up-Link Frequencies & Down-Link Frequencies)
  19. If you like my Concept (& I sure hope you do), then by all means: Go ahead & Do it! (It would be nice, if you could send me 1 Retail Unit & perhaps 0.50$ per Device sold, because I did spend a lot of Time on this!)



PS: I also have a few ideas for a new Yoga Tablet, but its body shape makes it hard for me to create a flat 2D concept like this one :/
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