Apple’s not the only one with an eye for design. When we talk about iPhones, we inevitably discuss the form and the stylistic design with as great a passion as we discuss the technical specifications. With Android smartphones design is just as important, but much less of focus. The Danish Lumigon T2 puts design at the forefront of the conversation with its sleek Scandinavian lines.
The T2 is powered by a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm and will run on Android 4.0. It is equipped with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB memory and supports MicroSDXC cards. The 3.8 inch display has a 480 × 800 resolution and made of Gorilla Glass. The T2 has 2G and 3G options, LTE is not yet available. In addition, it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, MicroUSB and the infrared interface provides additional connections. An FM receiver is also available.
The infrared port is one of the highlights: With the preinstalled software, you can create virtual remotes that are easy to program using the existing remote. It sends signals from the device remote to the T2, the receiver is then recorded and reproduced accordingly before it is sent via the IR transmitter to the device specified. It’s very practical and turns this smartphone into the ultimate universal remote.
The sound quality of the T2 is another big draw. Thanks to its Bang & Olufsen ICE technology, it should be outstanding. There is even a specially designed headset included to maximize its potential.
The T2 has an 8 megapixel camera onboard, which is not the best on the market, but it has its own interesting feature. On the side of the phone where you would normally find volume buttons, are special zoom and focus buttons. This design allows the T2 to transform into a digital camera and gives you something tangible to press when taking a photo.
The casing of the T2 is also very unusual. Instead of the plastic and aluminum that have become pretty standard in the smartphone world, the T2 is made of stainless steel. The casing is coated with PVD so that it is scratch resistant (certainly more so than the iPhone 5!).
The minimalistic design of the smartphone is striking and original. The technical specifications of the T2 are behind the standard expectations for the best smartphones currently on the market and the screen is still somewhat small given the recent trend towards ever bigger displays, but the design is certainly forward thinking. Love it. or hate it, the T2 will provoke a reaction, which is more than can be said of a lot of smartphone designs.