Plica Could Be the Ultimate Touchscreen Mobile Phone

Plica Could Be the Ultimate Touchscreen Mobile Phone


Everyone seems to be pretty excited about the Apple iPhone 3G these days. Heck, you might have even developed a hankering for other touchscreen phones like the HTC Touch Diamond, LG Vu, and Samsung Instinct. It’s obvious enough that the concept of a touchscreen phone isn’t going anywhere and manufacturers are working hard to be as innovative as possible.

The Plica is little more than just a concept at this point, but it could point toward the future of touchscreen phones. Instead of a basic candybar form factor, the Plica opens horizontally, much like the LG enV2. The difference is that the entire front face is a touchscreen, as are both sides of the inside. While in its closed position, you’ll get an iPhone-like experience. Open it up, and you can use it like a handheld laptop or lay it flat to get one continuous display.

Naturally, the Plica would make use of things like localized haptic feedback so that you get a little closer to the experience of physical keys. Far fetched? Not really. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Nokia or some other major player came up with something like this in the next three years or so.