We’ve seen a lot of unusual concepts and prototypes over the years, but nothing looked as crazy as the ADzero smartphone shown off back in February. Crazy original we mean, because there was nothing to put us off at an organic, ultra-light and super-elegant phone made entirely out of bamboo.
Still, we couldn’t help but feel that this might have been a bit ahead of times, so we weren’t exactly shocked when time passed by and we heard nothing about any project developments. Believe it or not though, AD Creative not only went ahead with the idea, but equipped the device with one heck of a spec sheet, being now ready to kick off production.
The current product looks a tad different from the initial concept, but the main design lines have been kept, so the ADzero is still a very handsome little guy. The 4.5-incher measures 11.8 mm in thickness, but for some reason the manufacturers are reluctant to announce the final weight, so we don’t know if they’ll be able to keep their promise of making this half as heavy as an iPhone.
As for performance and speed, the handheld will definitely exceed expectations, sporting a 1280 x 720 pix res TFT LCD display and being powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM.
There’s no Jelly Bean on the ADzero for now, but the phone looks like a winner in the software department too, coming with stock Android 4.0 ICS and an optional ADAOS (Open Bootloader) OS. Other known features include an 8 MP rear-facing shooter, an 0.3 MP front-facing cam, a 2,050 mAh battery, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and UMTS/HSPA+ connectivity.
Such a winning combination of innovative design and speed couldn’t have come very cheap, but at $700 outright we can’t say the ADzero will be very expensive either. Not to mention that the project is due to hit Kickstarter soon, and early supporters will be given the chance to get the organic phone with a cool 200 bucks off.
Who’s ready to pledge some dough to help make this reality?
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Well, I guess it’s more recyclable than plastics and metal. But can you imagine a world where we talk about how good a phone’s chassis looks in terms of it’s grain or whether it’s made of oak, cedar or pine?!