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Takee’s Estar wants to Be Your Holographic Smartphone, with Improvements Over Amazon’s Fire Phone’s Experience

July 18, 2014 - Written By Phil Bourget

Holographs.  Yeah those exist now.   On a smartphone, too..  Now, let me explain that.  A company by the name of Takee came to the Internet to spread the news of their revolutionary new smartphone, the Estar (pronounced ee-star).  The big deal about this phone was, primarily, the company’s demo and rendering video, showing off how the phone would show, capture, and allow interactions with 3-dimensional images and content, yet still be the size of a normal, if not slightly thicker, smartphone.  And what did time (since the video showing off the device arrived on the Internet in the last week of June) and further development do to the device?

What they did to it was quite a lot, actually.  First and most notably, the four-camera interface, much like Amazon’s Fire Phone (which uses four front-facing cameras to ‘see’ your head to alter the depth information of the content on-screen) has been made removable.  The device, the phone itself, is separate from the camera module, which, based on photos from Slide Tech Sina’s coverage of the unveiling in China today, is a good thing, since the cameras protrude noticeably from the outline of the device itself.  The Estar is interesting in aesthetics as well, being, by the looks of the photos, thicker than your average smartphone, as well as larger in front screen area, with a 1080p display sized at 5.5 inches.

The device is interesting as a concept, since it differs noticeably (and unchangeably, since Takee has posted up the new device on their website).  The dual camera interface, on the back of the phone, which was mentioned in the demo video form June has resulted in a single visible camera and flash on the rear top of the device.  The four front cameras, seemingly implanted in the front panel of the phone in the June video became what appears to be the removable contraption so you won’t always have the effect unless you want to (or remember to bring the extra bit that allows it), leaving the regular single front camera at the top of the display for normal use.  The concept of air touch, the type of gimmick listed with the Samsung Galaxy S and Note lines (which allows you to hover a pointing device over the screen, and the screen will react, knowing the device is there) is  present as well, but magnified, allowing (seeing no photos of it, and going off of reasonable assumptions) a range of four or six inches from the screen for the phone to know where your hand is, to allow ‘holographic interaction’.  Internal specifications are something always important to Android fans everywhere, right?  Here they are, folks.

Powering the Estar is a MediaTek processor (the MT6592T, specifically) running a beefy eight cores, running off of a 2500mAh battery, and a 13-and-5 back and front camera resolution fair.  Also worth noting is the promise that the device will have dual stereo speakers.  Will this device have the impact that it might have had if released verbatim as it was in June, or is it likely to be a greater success the way it is/will be as of now?  More importantly, what will that impact and effect be?  Only time and release will tell (and the release date and price have yet to be announced).