With the growing stream of new tablet PC/MID products hitting the market recently, it's getting harder to find a truly interesting, original design that combines the prerequisite attractive styling and functionality with innovation. Hence, it is very refreshing to see a new design concept called the HTC Evolve designed by Timur Pinar.
It looks like this isn't an officially sanctioned concept design from HTC, so don't expect to see a prototype or find one of these on store shelves anytime soon. Nevertheless, the Evolve concept has some nice touches and interesting ideas including a stunning "concave side" ergonomic body that beautifully integrates a large OLED touch screen and a pop-out additional OLED touch screen that has programmable buttons. The design also includes a stylus for drawing/rendering in a practical, efficient way.
The rest of the hardware specification includes an Intel Atom processor, 128GB SSD, 1.5GB of RAM, two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, 3.5mm headphone jack, a front-facing webcam, and a microphone. It is envisaged that a custom skinned version of Android would be the main OS, with Google's new Chrome OS being possibly incorporated as an "instant on" fast-booting option.
Although strictly a concept, indicated by inconsistencies in the potential hardware specs (i.e., potential compatibility issues between the CPU and operating systems), the HTC Evolve is certainly an interesting design study and I would love to see more companies trying to innovate more in their MID designs. Who agrees with me? And as a thought for the weekend, let us know your nomination for the best designed MID on the market today. In the meantime, I'll be hoping someone over at HTC sees this!Yanko Design via Ubergizmo]