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Focus Group Reveals Casio 4G LTE Quad-core Phone, Clam Shell Devices, and New Phone Protection Tech

A reader of DL was fortunate enough to spend some time in a focus group within the last couple of days and came away with a spec list for a Casio phone that may actually interest some of you. There were other devices on display including a set of clam shells, but we will get to those in a minute. Remember, that our reader is going off of pure memory here, as focus groups almost never allow you to bring in a phone (for obvious reasons). He also mentioned that most of the phones were headed to Verizon.   

Casio Big Boy (obviously a name I just made up)

The Casio phone that we just mentioned was apparently the only one that truly stood out. It’s ultra slim (possibly 7.9mm), had a 4.5″ or 4.7″ Super AMOLED display, quad-core processor, NFC, 4G LTE, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front shooter, 2000 mAh battery, and ran the “latest Android” version (pictures looked like Ice Cream Sandwich). The USB port was on the top left, headphone jack on the top right, microSD on the left side of the phone, and the volume rocker and lock switch were on the right. Those were the only physical buttons, meaning this could have on-screen soft keys like we have seen on the Galaxy Nexus. Our reader described the phone as “beautifully simplistic” and mentioned that the top and bottom were slightly curved (again, like the G-Nex).

Other Phones:

  • Clam Shells:  Our reader saw 4 different clam shell devices that act as any other clam shell device does. You are able to fully multi-task between the screens, drag and drop from one to the other, etc. He did mention that they were ultra-slim as well, something we wish previous clam shells were.
  • New G’Zone by Casio:  A new G’Zone phone was also there, was as big as the “Big Boy” we mentioned up top, and looked similar to the previous G’Zone phones as a ruggedized mean machine.
  • 5″ Phones:  There was a mockup of a big ol’ 5″ white phone. Our reader said that it looked nice, but didn’t feel all that great in hand. Could have been the mockup though.

Other Tech:

The focus group was not only for phones, but for tech that we could see in phones very soon. Participants were shown phones that were waterproof for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of liquid, shockproof from drops of 1.22 meters, and had “ruggedized” exteriors. Sounds like the new G’Zone to me.

They also spoke of a swiveling, solar-charging car dock. One of the features allowed you to easily communicate with another car that had a similar phone or car dock. Interesting, to say the least.

And lastly, participants were asked if manufacturer warranties should be longer than 1 year.

Take it for what it’s worth, but there have been times where we have seen some of these focus group products come to life. Props to our reader for remembering that much info in such a short amount of time.  Does a Casio phone interest anyone? Even with those specs?

Cheers ___!

  • http://www.facebook.com/monty.weatherup Monty Weatherup

    When is the release of the 4G LTE Commando C811?

  • http://www.facebook.com/monty.weatherup Monty Weatherup

    When will we be able to order?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-IchooseYou-Holley/1417234333 Brandon IchooseYou Holley

    As many times as I have dropped my phones from sheer accidents I can honestly say I’m extremely happy about this. The G-nex is a thing of beauty but feels like i might break it, the droid razr maxx “seems” like it might be built to withstand a beating, but if you have ever used a g’zone phone you know they don’t break regardless of what your doing and if this article is correct then I’m all for it.

  • Gregory Cobb

    I just want to say great job breaking your confidentiality agreement, and the law, bringing us some luke-warm tech news. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Hill/1566015169 James Hill

    I had a co-worker who said her mom got one of the yet to be released, new Casio phones because she had a friend who worked at Verizon. Said it looked like the G’Zone but with a super nice screen it was also water/shock proof. I thought she was pulling my leg, but I guess not.

  • Granted

    Anonymous user in focus group translates to Casio paying Kleenex to make up bogus story and do product placement hype.

    • Enigma2u

      kleenex….u need a tissue Bro??? Lol

  • Altkorn2005

    I have had a Type-1, Boulder, and Brigade……awesome phones!!!   Two got dropped off cell towers (headache!!!)  and didn’t miss a beat.

  • 4geez

    when are manufacturers going to realize that many people do not want big phones.  The gnex is too big and now we are talking bigger??  i don’t care what the specs are, if its too big I won’t buy it

    • Thelegendofdavid

      You must have little b*tch hands cause the nexus is the perfecr size

      • Altkorn2005

        Wow dude, you get your ass kicked a lot in school?  I bet all your friends have cool screen names :)

  • http://twitter.com/dubius David Du Buron

    Am I reading this right in that this is describing a quad core clam shell Android phone?!?! Because everyone knows how well the BB Style and Pearl Flip took off?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

       No, they are two separate devices.

    • Anonymous

      two different ideas…there was the idea about the android phone, and then the next paragraph was about the clamshells

  • http://www.facebook.com/bhaxprime Ben Hackney

    Does it have a Demo button?

  • ROB

    Battery better be bigger than that..

  • Gregory Dean

    Does focus groups have anything to do with the picture being out of focus?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

       *Do.

  • WDan86

    So that “big boy” has a MicroUSB port on the side.. and a full suzed USB port up top?

    • HeyPops

      Re-read the post… MicroSD (card slot!) on the side and MicroUSB port on top

  • nwd1911

    Hard to get past the image of cheap watches.  I do like the spec list.  If you can’t break it when dropping it or submerging in water and it comes with a 2 year warranty, it might we worth a second look.

    • Supernaturlis

      Casio actually makes really good, rugged watches. Their G-Shock line have such features as shock resistance and atomic time keeping, not all of them are digital either. I think people just still think of the 80′s Casio digital watches. Anyway that’s just a watch fanatic’s point of view.

      • nwd1911

        I never experience the ruggedized watch line, I admit a ruggedized phone would be cool.  Anyone have good experience with Casio phones?

        • http://twitter.com/LucasNJohnson Lucas Johnson

          lots of good experience.. the commando was an awesome phone for non-power users. nothing anyone around here would be interested in, but awesome nontheless. also the screen is nice. I think the “big boy” will be less of a rugged type phone than their previous ones from the sound of it.

        • Bern

          I have had great experience with my Casio calculator. It’s superb! :D

        • Altkorn2005

          I have had 3 casio tough phones (type-1, boulder, brigade)….all were great.  Two of them got dropped off cell towers (by accident) and were not damaged at all.  I have had them in the deserts of west texas to the snow of up state NY….never a problem. 

  • Mike

    That focus group should take a swing at that picture.

  • Anonymous

    Will be interesting to see how these turn out and if they end up coming to verizon.

  • Anonymous

    Hard for me to take a Casio phone seriously…

    • Anonymous

      The latest g’zone was pretty good. Will be interesting to see what happens. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little excited to see a high end super-rugged device.

    • http://twitter.com/delerivm Michael J. Parker

      Don’t under estimate the benefits of a waterproof Android phone….  

      My wife has the original g’zone and abuses the hell out of it, spills stuff on it and washes it off in the sink.  It’s great except for dated cpu/memory specs. 

  • Anonymous

    Just because it had 4G LTE doesn’t mean it’s Verizon anymore. 

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      He just specifically said most were Verizon.

      • Anonymous

        well then…

  • Anonymous

    I second the first.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

    m’eh