In 2018, a Samsung fan designed a concept device, with specs to go with it, and named it Samsung Galaxy Oxygen. Judging by the attention that the concept phone garnered, it is fair to say that there is a sizeable crowd out there who are full of nostalgia for the old days.
Fast forward to 2020 and there are specs and images of a Samsung Galaxy Oxygen Pro 2020 going round. The specs include 12GB RAM, a 48MP back camera, 6.4-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass protection, and a full hardware QWERTY keyboard hidden under the display.
It appears that Samsung Galaxy Oxygen Pro 2020, like its non-Pro predecessor, is a device for those who long for the old days of hardware QWERTY keyboards. Or it is a device designed by someone who has such a longing for the good old days.
And it is at this point that I let you know that Samsung Galaxy Oxygen Pro 2020 is not an official smartphone from Samsung. Rather, it is a concept device designed by someone in their basement in China or Hong Kong or New York.
Samsung does not have a Galaxy Oxygen line of products. They have Galaxy A, Galaxy F, Galaxy M, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Note. No Galaxy Oxygen. The Samsung Galaxy Oxygen Pro 2020 is not a real product from Samsung. Enjoy it for what it is: a concept phone. Neither is its predecessor, which the original article, first published on September 1, 2018, was about. The original article is preserved below in its original form:
Samsung Galaxy Oxygen
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 Samsung 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 Samsung Oxygen phone:
Stunning Design; And Mostly Redundant
If you take a good look at the Samsung 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?
The Samsung Oxygen Phone Is A Trip Down Memory Lane
What does the Samsung Galaxy Oxygen concept phone remind you of? As a veteran QWERTY keyboard lover, I have a personal list.
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 Samsung Galaxy Oxygen concept design was done by Hege and Michael Muleba.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.