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New OEM Linshof says it will launch 'clean Android' smartphones and tablets in 2015

This week, a new OEM revealed its presence on the Internet. The Germany-based company Linshof says it will release a line of high-end Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphones and tablets for very low prices starting sometime in the first quarter of 2015.

The company claims that both the Linshof i8 5-inch Android smartphone and their 10-inch "performance tablet" will have an unnamed octa-core processor running at 2.1 GHz, with 3GB of RAM and 80GB of onboard storage. In an email sent to media outlets Saturday, Linshof clarified that the 80GB of storage is actually split in two; 64GB is reserved for actual data storage, while the other 16GB is put in a "super-high data rate" chip to decrease boot and app loading times.

Linshof also says both their smartphone and tables will have a 13MP rear camera and an 8 MP front facing camera. The tablet will sell for $360 while the smartphone will be priced at $380; at least, that's the prices that Linshof is currently claiming. Even the designs of these products are different. Both have odd octagonal shapes with large and sharp edges at the top and bottom.

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We contacted Linshof to ask if their products would have Google Play and other Google apps pre-installed and were told by a spokesperson, "Yes, we plan to, but we not there yet. At the moment we do not provide a customer services, we are just completing our manufacturing process and acquiring new factory capacities." In their new Q&A sent to media outlets, they stated the devices will have a "clean Android" version installed with "no trial ware, no ads, no unnecessary drivers" along with its own custom user interface.

The company says that it will begin selling its Android devices by the end of March 2015 in Asian markets and online, with U.S. and European launches scheduled for June. It has indicated it will be attending the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona in early March, where presumably members of the media will actually get to see and use Linshof's products. Hopefully we will learn by then if this new company is really going to do what it says, or if it's just another example of an OEM that posts a fancy website and nothing else.

Source: Linshof

113 Comments
  • Very interesting. Posted via some candy
  • Agreed. I'm going to be watching the development of this. Posted via AC App from my S4 mini WITH an LED CrackLight ;-)
  • Will it be 64 bit with the 810 snapdragon processor? Posted via the Galaxy Note 4
  • Add a S-pen to this Posted via the Galaxy Note 4
  • Pardon me. But would that not be a L-pen? :-D
  • All I keep thinking of seeing this phone is BSG. Same shape as the paper they would use. So say WE All! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol came to say just that Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Making it obvious that they're cutting corners Posted via Android Central App on my HP TouchPad (Schizoid PAC-ROM 4.2.2)
  • Ba-dum tsch. I doff my imaginary cap to you sir/madam! Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Excuse my ignorance but I don't follow. Posted via the Android Central App
  • BSG= BattleStar Galactica—the TV series.
    All of their printed materials and much of the tech was octagonal.
  • So say we all! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Here's hoping the hardware matches the renders. Intriguing shape and German engineering? You've got my attention, Linshof. Make this happen and you may have my money as well,
  • German engineering is just marketing hype created by German automakers.
  • >9000 Posted via the Android Central App powered by Droid Turbo
  • That and a history of engineering some pretty kickass stuff Posted via Android Central App
  • They make a lot of shit, too...I spent 15 years of my life there. Posted via Android Central App
  • Like...? Posted via my Z10 using Android Central App
  • The US would have lost the space race without German engineering. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Please, display more of your ignorance. Posted via Bacon on CM11S
  • Not true. Oddly enough if you don't waste your too engineering talent on weapons you get some pretty amazing stuff. See Japanese motorcycles.
  • No thanks Posted via the Android Central App
  • Holy shit it's you 2shaynes Posted via the Android Central App
  • Haha yes indeed it is ... I keep up tabs on everything android as you can see. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That nav bar does not look user friendly.
  • Bottom navbar is the bo...was the bomb. I preferred the tablet UI on my phone back when it was different. Now that phones are huge, I think I would like it better. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good. I wasn't the only one thinking that. nexus_logic - Working on his HTC One Max in the Nexus Lab
  • That phone isn't looking so clean with the same tablet-style button and status bar layout as the tablet offering and that homescreen interface screams OCD nightmare for me. Other than that, the concept of a German-engineered device as well as the generous helping of premium hardware for the mere price of $380 sounds VERY interesting. I'm keeping a close eye on Linshof to see what else they dish out U WOT M8
  • This has certainly captured my interest. I am more interested in the tablet because I already have a smartphone. Let's hope that the products actually deliver. That's my only concern. Posted via my HTC One M8
  • Why launch in Asia first when you're a German company. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Market size? Why wouldn't you launch in the largest and fastest growing mobile market in the world?
  • This. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hmm... Seems to good to be true.
    Well I am looking forward to project Ara next year. Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • Germans should not be designing phones. It's so not ergonomic and the name is harsh-sounding. Posted via the Android Central App
  • By that comment neither should American companies but they still do and people still by thier crappy devices... So there's that. Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Americans have developed excellent software at least. And the Moto X 2013 wasn't bad in terms of aesthetics. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Buy and their I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • I am liking the Ice cream sandwich bottom row notification bar. That would be a lot easier to use on these 5+ inch phones.
  • Lol those stupid corners. Fugly as fuck
  • Someone is really scared of getting sued for having rounded corners, lol. Also, dat 80Gb. ( :
  • So it's a Windows 10 .. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Windows much? Posted via my Oh!G3
  • This is 100 % NOT German and 50% fake: http://stadt-bremerhaven.de/ominoese-linshof-hardware-es-riecht-fischig/
  • Good catch. I viewed it via Google Translate. It did sounds nice though.
  • Someone needs to compete with the Asian manufacturers. Here's hoping they come to the table. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If that is the UI, to busy. Phone is different but ugly. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Clean Android" and "their own user interface" contradict one another. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly what I was going to post.
  • Beat me to it. Exactly this.
  • Took the words out of my mouth lol
  • I was going to comment this myself if someone else didn't. Oxymoron of the year. Posted via my ASUS TF701
  • So when the Xyboard had this exact same design everyone hated it.....
  • One Plus started a new company? That's some bold claims. I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • I too stop the microwave at 1 second, but only because the sound is annoying as hell. Posted via the Android Central App
  • True I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Well see what the EU has to say about that. We all know how much they love Google. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Plus 1 to that.. Posted via my Motorola Startac
  • very nice design language, but like other OEMs i've never heard of, I would have to wait some time until i give them a chance
  • Are you afraid that they will be like One Plus? Not me, as long as you can actually buy the phone. I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Android meets Windows 8.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • As a lifelong proponent of German engineering, especially autos, I suspect that the quality will be superior. And an 80 gb phone for $380 running vanilla Android would be huge as long as the support is good and the devices come off the line without problems like One +. Will wait til we see more about these folks :) Tablet looks awesome too
  • You realize that German phone technology does not pertain to auto engineering right? I can't tell if you were joking or not in your statement. Posted via Android Central App
  • You do realize that Germans do tend to make things quite a bit better than anybody else right? Posted via the Android Central App
  • How can something have a clean version of Android and a custom user interface? That makes no sense. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You beat me to that thought.. precisely
  • Right! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think they mean as in clean looking such as Windows Phone. This UI looks like Windows to me but I wouldn't call it clean Android Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought this was a windows phone...
  • Yea, so. Yup. AC App via Nexus 5
  • I'll have to keep an eye this.
  • How about we see how it works and what the UI is before we hate on it. I think it looks interesting.
  • Hey its the windroid! Posted via the OnePlus One 64GB Sandstone Black. The best phone in history.
  • In a sense (see what I did there) this kind of reminds me of TouchWiz. But seriously, it does. nexus_logic - Working on his HTC One Max in the Nexus Lab
  • Why it is looking like windows phone ? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Would unnamed SoC mean Mediatek Posted via Galaxy ace plus running Speedmod 2.5 with Xposed
  • If so, I'll have to say no thanks. I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Lol probably mediatek is shit Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why do people say MediaTek SoCs are bad? Chuck Norris can call 'su' without having root permissions.
  • Interesting for sure. If they manage to get updates out as regular as even HTC id be interested. I like the looks of the phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Had my interest up to the custom UI. You can't call it clean Android, then give it that awful, standard-shattering UI.
  • Like Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hopefully they will become available in the United States. Posted via Android Central App
  • Don't like the UI, but if it got CM, I'd probably get it! Wonder if it has LTE... Chuck Norris can call 'su' without having root permissions.
  • If this is really true then sign me the F up. I'll buy two of each. Posted via the ACA on NEXUS 6
  • The specs are awesome but they look HIDEOUS! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Interesting but looks like nothing but photoshop eye candy for now ... I'm guessing "full HD" is just "regular HD" and not "Quad HD"?.. I can't see having status bar at the bottom.
  • Are they trying to flip android upside down? Literally, with the bar on the bottom Posted via Android Central App
  • Fake Posted via the Android Central App
  • They should have just called them the Galactica 5 and Galactica 10. Also, neat trick having "clean android" that looks almost nothing like android.
  • ‘Clean Android’ ... ‘Their own custom interface’ Posted via the Android Central App
  • Looks like Windows to me. I expect a law suit from Microsoft... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought the same thing
  • Marketplace competition is good. Hope they're released as scheduled, and they're successful. Posted via the Android Central App
  • ....custom UI - Stopped reading. Interest negative.
  • The phone should be $299, tablet $349. Or buy any two for $499. If they do this, heads will roll !
  • This would do so much better as a Windows Device. 1. It's gaining new OEMS all the time now, so they'd fit right in.
    2. The specs, Windows users have been begging for a flagship for the longest time.
    3. The price isn't outrageous for a phone, so it would do well for the midrange buyers too.
    4. Windows Phone OS is butter, this would be so much overkill it's extremely futureproof. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • If this is for real, and I do have my doubts, I hope this isn't some weak and cheap assed Meditek octa-core cpu.
  • the design is awesome probably I will go for the tablet if it will launch in INDIA....
  • Hope they can do it at that price.
  • i'm pretty and require cases of all kinds. not expecting third party interest in this
  • I think they look absolutely hideous, but they make me wonder if they come pre-loaded with Bill Adama and Saul Tigh on speed dial. Though it's Starbuck and Boomer I want to be calling. I'm sure I'm not the first to catch the Battlestar Galactica reference...
  • That's right! ... ( 0ppo F5) ...
  • That UI is atrocious. If you have no design competency, I hear Google makes a nice reference model... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm not sure how it hasn't been mentioned here, but this device seems too good to be true. And when things seem too good, they usually are: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://stadt-bremerh...
  • With a logo like that, there must be Belgian chocolate involved somehow.
  • The design is appealing IMO Posted via my 3DS; look its ManBearPig
  • Let's hope that this does not end up like one plus as that was total mess. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Finally. A reasonably priced product; as opposed to the overpriced Samsung/Apple products.
  • Agreed Posted via Galaxy Note 4
  • Interesting design. Not a fan of the angled corners simply for cosmetic reasons. But, I am a big fan of the idea of trimming away as much bezel as possible and using large radii (angles in this case) on the corners. This make the device "smaller" in hand and allows a little better one handed use than squarer corners like my Note3.
  • This definitely has my attention.. Although I'm a big Samsung fan I can appreciate when competition comes along to shake up the market.. this reminds me of a windows phone from the first look, which isn't necessairly a bad thing.
  • I agree high end with mid range price like nexus, first 3 years mid range and raise to high range price,