Samsung Galaxy Oxygen concept phone with a flash from the past

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Judging by the attention that the Samsung Galaxy Oxygen concept phone has garnered, it is fair to say that there is a sizeable crowd out there who are full of nostalgia for the old days.

What we have here is a 5.5-inch display that slides to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. The rest of the specs are fit for a 2018 flagship from Samsung. So we have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 6GB RAM and options of 128GB/256GB internal storage.

The Galaxy Oxygen is fitted with a triple-lens camera system at the back and a massive 5000 mAh battery. But before we get carried away, let’s explore the phone in detail.

Samsung Galaxy Oxygen Video

Here is a video of the concept phone.

Stunning Design; And Mostly Redundant

If you take a good look at the Galaxy Oxygen, you will see that the QWERTY keyboard is not a hardware unit. Which sort of begs the question why there is a slider on the phone at all. A screen sliding over a screen? Just have only one regular display and that’s that. The Oxygen should need no slider.

If this phone were ever to be built, the keyboard would have to be physical for it to make sense. Or am I missing something? Feel free to fill me in if I am.

And then, there is that physical home button. It is so 2016. I recommend that it be removed too. Am I spoiling the fun?

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

What does the Oxygen comcpet phone remind you of? As a veteran QWERTY keyboard lover, I have a personal list.

It reminds me of Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro, and the Nokia E7, and to some extent, BlackBerry Priv and Palm Pre. But the strongest pull in my memory is for the HTC Touch Pro2.

Nostalgia aside, do you think that a horizontal slider has any prospects in today’s world? Personally, I am not so sure it does. The design looks good though, as redundant as I think it is. Over to you: what do you think?

The concept design was done by Hege and Michael Muleba.


  1. Reminds me of them Nokia communicators… It could be a screen over a screen to mimic that axon phone with a diff approach, n when not using it as extra or extended screen, u can use it as larger keyboard in rotated mode ( u know when typing in rotated mode, keyboard is a whole other interface). So not a bad idea, killing two birds with one stone.

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