When it Comes to Smartphones, Transparent Could be the New Black

Taiwan firm unveils prototype of transparent cellphoneIt looks like Samsung’s concept of a transparent AMOLED screen is one step closer to reality. Last week Taiwan-based Polytron Technologies unveiled a (mostly) transparent smartphone prototype.

This isn’t the first transparent smartphone I’ve seen but it is the most ambitious. Unlike other designs, Polytron’s prototype  has more than just a transparent screen. The screen is actually only the rectangle in the middle of the phone. The clear plastic surrounding the screen contains all of the wiring that connects the components and powers the screen. In fact everything except the card slots, ports, CPU, and speaker/mike sensors are transparent.

But as cool as this looks I don’t think I’d want this phone. Just think about the fingerprints and smudges on the backside. I know they would bother me to no end. And then there is the issue with finding it in some situations; I suspect it’s going to blend in quite well if placed on top of complex images.

Taiwan firm unveils prototype of transparent cellphone

Polytron is projecting that the phone will be on the market by the end of 2013.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Sweetpea31 January, 2013

    I’d buy one. Just because I think it’s awesome! And not being able to find my phone? I normally can’t even find my huge Sonim phone… And that one is bright yellow!

  2. Tim Gray1 February, 2013

    Language corner, British English reading: “Just think about the fingerprints and smudges on the bum. I know they would bother me pointlessly.”

    I agree though. I think this is a very clever gadget that would be annoying to use.

  3. Mario1 February, 2013

    Translucent battery?

    1. Nate Hoffelder1 February, 2013

      Good point. I don’t think that tech is practical yet, so my guess is the battery wasn’t installed.

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