updated 10:40 am EST, Thu December 28, 2006
Eclipse Phone Concept
Product designer Rune Larsen has revealed a concept phone named only the Eclipse. A reverse slider phone where the display can be hidden inside the casing, the curved design that forms the handset's namesake features only a basic number pad and simple navigation controls; the minimalist focus is meant only for calls, contact lists, and SMS texting and recalls the early era of small cellphones, Larsen says. The monochrome, transparent LCD is both a nod to classic phones and a way of preserving battery life in a space-constrained phone that would measure only 2.2 inches long when closed.
While no production plans have been announced for the Eclipse, which was privately designed, it may help dictate the future of cellphone design and reverse a trend towards complex smartphones. Click through for a full image. [Via Gizmodo]