NuAns NEO Windows 10 Mobile
NuAns NEO Windows 10 Mobile
NEO provides you with the freedom to customize the shell of your smartphone while providing high-quality tech in its CORE.
NEO provides you with the freedom to customize the shell of your smartphone while providing high-quality tech in its CORE. Read more
About this project
We are NuAns. In trying to provide new answers to the various problems with smartphones today, we designed NuAns NEO; a powerful, convenient, and stylish smartphone supporting the Windows 10 Mobile. Breaking through the glass ceiling of stereotypes that is a Windows phone, we have designed a device that will change your view of the Windows OS system all together. Let us show you.
The Word on NuAns NEO.
People all around the world have been waiting for the NuAns NEO ever since its unveiling at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Trade Show in Las Vegas. We are excited to have fulfilled the desires of many of our fans by launching a worldwide crowdfunding campaign! Below are some of the things our friends in the media have said:
"In our poll asking if you were interested in the NuAns Neo coming to the United States, India, or EU, close to 75% of the nearly 2000 respondents voted that they were." - Windows Central
"Unlike many other 3rd party Windows 10 Mobile handsets the Nuans Neo is a truly unique handset, featuring a unique design with its own style, but also specs powerful enough to power Continuum for phones." - MSPoweruser.com
What is NuAns?
While enriching our lives with digital devices that surround us and the smartphones that are a part of us, NuAns offers products that are designed to seek comfort with its textures and colors; while maintaining basic functionality and looks.
We have reviewed the current lifestyle to understand what obstacles prohibit the euphoria that we call “comfort” in everyday technology. We have strived to solve the problem with our designs. NuAns’s sole mission is to seek that solution; the new answer. The more we can blend the digital life into the comfort of our space, the easier it is to find the new solution.
What is a Comfortable Digital Life?
To find the answer we had to dissect what turns people off of current smartphones.
- Tirelessly checking the life of the low-quality battery
- The awkwardly structured phone that is hard to hold
- The cold, hard, slippery texture
- The cold metallic appearance has to be covered up
NuAns NEO strives to eliminate those problems that cause us to cover up the phone with cheap bulky cases. We found that the easiest way to eliminate the “cookie cutter” design of smartphones is to alter the look and feel of the smartphone to blend seamlessly into our lives.
We sought out to design a device that blends into our hands and lifestyles by using natural materials which bring immediate comfort. In this new era, we have brought nuance to digital devices with new answers for our lifestyles.
The Newest Windows 10 Mobile & Continuum
Among the various lifestyle changes that the smartphone has influenced, the workplace lifestyle has been particularly interesting. Smartphones have brought revolutionary changes to our work, study, and creativities lifestyles. Yet creativity seems to be lacking in both smartphones and the personal computer.
In trying to provide a new answer, Windows 10 Mobile offers an innovative new approach to the workplace making it the perfect choice when choosing the basic software for NuAns NEO. Windows 10 Mobile is the only platform that unifies your personal computer, tablet, and smartphone to one interface. No matter what device you use, you can easily edit, publish, and share information through OneDrive and Microsoft Office. To enable a more creative workspace, NuAns NEO comes equipped with the latest Qualcomm octa-core processor “SnapDragon 617”.
Design: Altering The Look.
Bags, watches, stationeries, and wallets are all accessories that we use every day. We could even add smartphones to items that are required to function daily. We needed to create a smartphone that could blend seamlessly into our daily lifestyles. We wanted to create something that enhanced complimented our daily lives in every aspect. Creating a device with texture that fits into our palms like a wallet or notebook is just a single adaptation. When we get back to the original concept of NuAns, we could envision a clear way to re-create the “smartphone” for the better.
Most of the manufacturing companies are pursuing the world's thinnest and lightest device. However, those attributes are not the single answer to the "greatest smartphone every made". NuAns NEO has our favorite attributes of a smartphone woven deeply in its CORE, proposing a change to the new digital lifestyle.
Q. Does the thinnest phone make it easier to handle and to perform daily functions?
A. Not always.
We wanted a device that had advanced tech in its CORE, yet provided convenient functionality when held in your hand. In lieu of seeking out the thinnest possible device, we substituted it with installing the latest technological advancements. We found that the NuAns NEO's 5.29 ounces was the perfect weight to its key attributes: comfortable handling, visually stunning, and functionally sound.
NuAns NEO: A Little Bit Of Us - A Little Bit Of You!
The CORE, the center of NuAnsNEO, was designed on the concept that it can be integrated with the exterior of the phone. The CORE represents everything we wanted in a smartphone device, while allowing you to personalize your device around the CORE. Hence, a little bit of us and a little bit of you!
Just like changing into clothes everyday, you can change the exterior depending on the application of the phone and style you desire. The exteriors are two separate panels that are artfully designed using different textures; seamlessly unifying the exterior to the body of the phone.
TWOTONE: Create Your Style.
TWOTONE covers are interchangeable and can be customized to your style. The simple panel design provides a variety of colors and material allowing users to interchange each panel freely. By being able to rearrange each panel freely, you can create your own TWOTONE variation!
In addition to changing covers, the TWOTONE case comes with a slot for credit cards behind the back panel. Simply remove the back panel and slide your credit card in for a night on the town!
FLIP: Elevate Your Appearance.
The FLIP hides the presence of your device with the capability to store multiple cards with it. Cases with card slots are usually unreliable and bulky, but the FLIP case attaches directly to the NuAns NEO blending in perfectly to the CORE. The self-standing FLIP was designed to feel as if it was part of the phone to begin with.
In addition to the 2 card slots on the sleeve, we have added a larger storage pocket under the card slots as well as an additional card slot under the back panel.
HANDY STRAP: Never Drop Your NuAns NEO!
The simple, yet stylish, Handy Strap was designed to minimize the dropping of your device. The strap hole is located next to the speakers on the bottom of the phone, making sure not to disturb the aesthetics of the phone.
Materials: Let Us Heighten Your Senses.
We wanted our main focus to be on the appearance and texture of the device; no matter what the device was. In addition to the daily functions of the device, we find ourselves simply holding it more often than not. For that reason, we decided that NuAns and NuAns NEO were going to bring aesthetics and texture to life.
We made time to figure out every material that would best compliment NuAns NEO. After testing multiple materials, we found our standard three materials in:
SPECIFICATIONS: Inside the CORE.
- Size (L x W x H): Approx. 141 x 74.2 x 11.3 (mm) / Approx. 5.5 x 2.9 x 0.4 (inch)
- Unit Weight: Approx. 150g / 5.29 oz
- OS: Windows 10 Mobile
- CPU: Snapdragon 617 (MSM8952) , 8 x A53 / 1.5 GHz Octa-core
- Memory / Storage: Internal: 2GB RAM / 16GB flash, External: Micro SD (Max. 128GB (UHS-I) )
- SIM Card: Compatible with micro-SIM (nano SIM adapter included)
- Bands (LTE 4G): US: 2/4/5/12/17, EU: 1/3/7/20
- Display Size: 5.0 inches
- Display Pixels: 1280 x 720
- Display Pixel Density: 295ppi
- Display Coating: Anti-fingerprint fluorine coating
- Main Camera: 13 Megapixels, F2.0, CMOS (Back-illuminated sensor), Auto-focus, 28mm wide-angle lens
- In-camera: 5 Megapixels, F2.4, CMOS (Back-illuminated sensor), Auto-focus, 24mm wide-angle lens
- Battery Capacity: 3,350mAh
- Talk Time: More than 960 mins
- Standby Time: More than 400 hours
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
- Speaker / Microphone: Speaker x 1, Microphone x 2
- Sensors: Acceleration, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Ambient Light, Hall sensors.
- Ports: USB Type-C (USB 2.0 / OTG, Quick Charge 2.0), 4 pin headset jack (CTIA)
- Body Material: Burn-resistant PC
- Accessories: USB 2.0 A-C cable 1m, nano SIM adapter
*By the official release for PRELIMIARY Windows 10 Mobile. It might change some feature.
Compatible with NFC Type-A/B/F
Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11/5GHz Bandwidth) for secure high-speed access.
IEEE802.11ac uses a 5GHz bandwidth for a convenient high-speed Internet experience with 867Mbps.
NuAns NEO Global Bands
CORE: The Connector.
The USB Type-C connector will become the “standard” connector for all devices. The cable can be inserted from the front or rear side. In keeping current with this trend, NuAns NEO selected the Type-C as its standard connector.
The reversible USB Type-C connector can be plugged in on both ends. We wanted to offer a convenient approach when customers want to connect NuAns NEO to a charger and/or a computer. For this, we adopted the USB Type-A connector for NEO that is also reversible.
CORE: The Battery.
Increased battery life with rapid charge capability .
The convenient digital device does not play a role if its battery is constantly running out. NuAns NEO is equipped with a 3,350 mAh, high-capacity, battery with power saving technology. Window 10 Mobile is efficient with battery life letting users use their phone for two days before having to recharge.
NuAns NEO’s battery is about 1.5 to 1.8 times bigger than that of normal smartphones; giving the NuAns NEO life for about 2 days. NuAns NEO is equipped with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0, which increases the voltage for a quicker charge; charging about 80% in about an hour.
CORE: The Camera.
Special wide-angled lens for a greater field of vision
NuAns NEO is equipped with an illuminating CMOS image sensor with a 13-megapixel camera; approximately 5-megapixel for in-camera shots. The field of view for the in-camera is around 24mm for the perfect selfie or group shot. The main camera is around 28mm in its 35mm equivalent; perfect for taking pictures macro images indoors and outdoors, such as people, landscape, and cooking.
CORE: The Display.
Visibly sound 5-inch high-definition display.
The demand for a larger screen has prompted many carriers to design big screens. However, we realized that a large screen is useless if it is hard to use and does not sit comfortably in your hand. We found that a 5-inch high-definition display screen was not only the perfect size in your hand, but was the perfect harmony between power consumption, resolution, and visibility.
CORE: Additional Specs.
The Packaging - Keeping The Environment in Mind.
An oval shaped paper tube is used for the packaging of NEO. Keeping the environment in mind, we designed the packaging to be used as a piggy bank as long as you have your NEO. Start saving with us today!
Design Your Own TWOTONE.
APN setting that are covered by T-Mobile and AT&T for windows Phone.
Many phone carriers offer mobile communication services. Customers often change their APN (Access Point Name) whenever they change to a different provider which can be a time consuming process. With the NEO, all APN settings come standard making an APN change as simple as selecting the new provider.
T-Mobile for Windows Phone
- APN: epc.tmobile.com or fast.t-mobile.com
- Username: blank
- Password: blank
- Proxy server/URL: blank
- Proxy port: 80
AT&T Windows Phone
- Cellular Data/Internet Access: MMS
- APN phone Username: Not set
- Password: Not set
- Proxy Server: Not set
- Proxy Port: Not set
- APN type: IPv4v6
- WAP Gateway: proxy.mobile.att.net
- WAP Gateway Port: 80
- MMSC: http://mmsc.mobile.att.net
Meet the TEAM Behind the Scenes!
Masakazu Honda - Freelance Journalist - Adviser
A richly-experienced freelance journalist of IT, mobile, audio & visual, contents business, and network service. He also investigates the Internet culture with insight to the digital world. He covers everything related to digital life and reviews companies in the digital industry and market information.
Mayu Nakamura - Trinity, Inc. - Project Manager
Joined Trinity in 2012, she has been working in the management planning section directly with the CEO. She has been doing many different things from sales support to fixing the roof of "Trinita", a restaurant run by Trinity. Making the most use of the long experience of being well rounded, she became the NEO project manager. She is now in charge of scheduling management and product management.
Tetsushi Hoshikawa - Trinity, Inc. / CEO - Brand Producer
Established Trinity, Inc. in 2006 as a distribution company for iPod and Mac accessories. Later on, through his original brand "Simplism" and "EVENNO", he has been pursuing "Something cool, something that he wants" in the designed digital gadgets industry. He launched NuAns this year and finally reached NEO through the process of pursuing "something he wants".
Junichi Nagayama - CAP, INC. / CEO - Technical Director
While he owns an MD license, he established a software company named CAP, INC. soon after he graduated the University of Tokyo. He got a software award by ARENA Internet Mailer in 1999, and another in 2000 from ASCII. He later extended his career with hardware and mechanics by working as a multifunction engineer. He later introduced TENT to Trinity and NuAns. He joined the NuAns project as a technical adviser and became a technical director for the NEO project.
Ryosaku Aoki - TENT- Industrial Designer/Art Director
He is in charge of product design for the voice recorder, camera, PC and other accessories. He also was in charge of product planning and strategy in the Olympus Corporation and Sony Corporation. He established TENT in 2011 with Masayuki Haruta. His theme is "pleasing the eyes and the more you use, the more you love." Based on this concept, he develops products and provides a variety of product designs, such as packaging, website, Apps UI, exhibition space to total designing.
Masayuki Haruta - TENT - Industrial Designer/ Art Director
Graduated from Tama Art University. After gaining work experience in a design office and lifestyle goods manufacturing company, he has been designing home electronics products, interiors, as well packaging and catalogs. He established TENT with Aoki in 2011.
Why Trust the NEO?
We NEED your support now more than ever. Many of you have asked us why have we launched on Kickstarter even though the product is already released in Japan. The answer is simple, we are a small company with big dreams. In order to change all the components in the phone to be able to work worldwide, we need your support. We are here to show the world that the Windows 10 platform on a smartphone is the next level in mobile devices.
COME JOIN THE NEO FAMILY!
Risks and challenges
Changing decades of irresistible urges to be apart of the EXCLUSIVE Apple and Android world. Changing the stereotypical belief that you are either an apple person or an android person. Getting consumers to realize that the windows device, although clouded from its past, has reinvented itself to be a strong competitive smartphone device.
We want to show people the power of the Windows 10 processor and the organizational tool of Continuum; blended together to make a superior smartphone.
We understand that it is going to be an uphill battle to get users to leave their comfortable lifestyles glued to their iPhone and Samsung devices, but what is life without taking risks?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No. At this time NEO will only work with T-Mobile and AT&T in the United States. NEO will work with any GSM, UMTS, or HSPA+ networks.
No. NEO does not have Dual SIM.
Yes, NEO is an Unlocked (SIM free) phone. No contracts are needed.
Yes, NEO has a pre-installed application to listen to FM Radio.
We plan on selling NEO cases/covers on Amazon.com.
No, NEO does not support Qi Wireless charging at the moment.
If I am traveling to another country and buy a local SIM card and just swap it out, will NEO be able to connect to the network?
Although we cannot guarantee with 100% certainty, as long as the area you are in has the right Bandwidth, NEO should be able to work without any problem.
Unfortunately, because NEO is a SIM free phone, it does not support specific services by a carrier.
NEO has only been sold in Japan up until now, therefore, we have no distributors or retailers in other countries yet.
Unfortunately, NEO does not have any larger RAM options at the moment.
Does NEO have a fingerprint sensor or front facing camera with facial recognition to support of Windows Hello or Microsoft Passport?
I am afraid NEO does not support these functions at this time.
Yes. Windows 10 Mobile does support Multilingual Character Input.
Estimated time of Shipping is November 2016.
Yes, it is USB OTG capable.
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