Akyumen's massive Holofone Phablet comes with a built-in projector

Akyumen has announced a brand new phablet, the 7-inch Holofone. The massive device is powered by Intel's Cherry Trail processor, runs Windows 10 Mobile, and comes with a built-in projector.

The most prominent feature of the Holofone, aside from its massive 7-inch display, is that built-in projector. The 35-lumen unit allows you to project a full Windows desktop experience wherever you go.

The phone is powered by an Intel Cherry Trail 8300 quad-core processor, with 4GB of RAM. It comes with 128GB of storage, upgradeable with a microSD card. Its rear camera is 13-megapixels, while its front-facing unit is 5MP. It also has a 3500mAh battery.

The Holofone is available for pre-order now in a number of packages. For $750, you get the Basic package with the phone, the company's Sabertooth stylus, earbuds, a device stand, and a screen protector. The $850 Premium package nets you all of that, except you'll get a stand with a built-in battery. You'll also get a Bluetooth speaker. The $950 Advanced Package gets you everything in the Premium package, as well as a game controller. There's also the $600 Education package that offers an assortment of basic accessories.

The Holofone Phablet is set to launch on September 1.

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Thanks to N_LaRUE for the tip!

104 Comments
  • Now this what a phone needs for continuum with a laser projection keyboard
  • Mentioned this to a Microsoftie a few months ago and he said, "Why would you want that?" Sometimes you just have to wonder.
  • Maybe someone that wants to project his screen? When I did tech support I would say 90% of the time someone coming in from the outside would need assistance with the projector. This would alleviate that pain. When you have an important presentation to make and you can remove any encumbrance to its success, I can see its appeal.
  • Yea it would be good for sales people.
  • Being a sales person that has been at customers' offices without projector, this would be great. If they put these in phones, why not put projectors in laptops too?
  • Only those who want to do a presentation in a pitch black room on a screen no larger than 24 inches.
  • I hope MS makes many many variations of Surface using Mobile.. That's all I gotta say.
  • It's interesting as a niche product, but these low powered projectors are useless because it's so dim. If this had a 100+ lumen projector and an accessory like a wireless keyboard cover, it would be pretty slick as a compact presentation tablet.
  • Agreed. If you want to see what a 35 lumens projector looks like, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2FodpY2UA8 Even in the dark it is washed out and not very pleasing. It is one of those things that is more appealing in theory than in practice.
  • Nice review on the device. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D3mGK52INOU
  • Your link showcases an 8 Lumen external knock off projector with no intellectual property backing it up. 35 Lumen is quite a feat achieved in projection technology for mobile devices and Akyumen is an industry lead on this technology.
  • Yeah, I had to laugh at all the mockup images on their site of the phone projecting a 100+ inch image in an illuminated room.
  • i had thought about making a dock with built in pocket projector, but this is next level ****, awesome. this is one productive phone/computer/Tablet.  projector should have been better though, but lets see
  • How about a kickstarter for a projector dock to attach to HP Elite X3?
  • Zte makes a projector that works with continuum, funny that it runs android. It has hdmi on it too so you hookup the display HDMI dock
  • It's look good for Windows and Mobile, I hope Windows 10 devices keep growing
  • Is Intel Cherry Trail 8300 processor ARM based?
  • No, it's x86 based... but be aware that it's still Windows 10 Mobile, so Win32 apps are not available for use (except via RDP or similar remote execution environment).
  • Do we know whether or not the converted Win32-in-UWP wrappers will run on Mobile with x86 architecture? Or is it simply disabled on the Mobile SKU, regardless of chip type?
  • The second one... Windows 10 Mobile has Win32 apps disabled (Centennial is only included in the desktop SKU)... but apparently this phone is actually not running Windows 10 Mobile, but rather has Windows 10... and the renders on the website confirm this (although these are renders, so...)
  • I just saw a video. Its full Windows 10. Not mobile.
  • Oh wow, I stand corrected, then. Do you have a link to the video? I followed the link from the article, but didn't see a video. Also, was it an actual video? Or an animation?
  • Its on youtube. search for Akyumen Holofone
  • That video is definitely pretty awesome. The projector is definitely pretty weak and probably not practical for work. For playing movies at night with no ambient light, it'd probably be okay, but for presentations, it would just not suffice.
  • IMO the projector is pretty useless. Still cool to see them trying though.
  • I saw that too. The projector now makes more sense and I'm more tempted to get one of these.
  • This reminds me of the LG Expo i used to own. I loved that phone.
  • This is an interesting device.... I might consider   Well...link takes to android phones though.... and No longer available for pre-ordering
  • In case someone who has been waiting for an x86 Windows phone sees this, they should be aware that just like HoloLens, you cannot (yet?) run Win32 apps... only Windows Phone apps and Windows 10 UWP apps. And for the projection portion, only the UWP apps will expand into a desktop experience through Continuum.
  • As it turns out, the article may be incorrect and the device actually runs Windows 10. The projector is very underwhelming, though, and for business use (presentations or even productivity), it is a non-starter, since working in a perfectly dark room is just not practical.
  • I think if you were going to use this for a business presentation, and you're thinking about a larger screen, you would use WiDi or Miracast. If these was going to be a primary device for a Sales person, they'd have a Miracast dongle as part of there standard traveling package. I would think the projection screen might be for a personal use in a smaller environment. I haven't seen their video yet, but real world use tends to differ from what the vendor might have thought. Price seems a bit high for a 7" tablet. The 128GB storage is nice, but it seems you're more paying for the novelty of the embedded projector. If you have a true use case for it and combining them to one device makes sense, then maybe.
  • It supposedly runs WX instead of WXM.
  • Yes... look up... I already acknowledged that :)
  • On the website it shows the device running the desktop version of Windows 10, I don't think this is a Windows 10 Mobile device.
  • Well this is a good start... But I would like to see Windows Mobile used in more traditional tablets too... No phone required. I know RT didn't fly, but I think the app store is in much better shape today and the new "mobile" naming should remove some confusion. A pure tablet to compete with some of the more affordable android tablets would be great!
  • Alcatel made one. But I don't know. I think the desktop Windows 10 is better for tablets.
  • I agree. If nothing else, it offers a more powerful OS in itself (teh explorer, settings, browser extensions, windows ink, etc.), and in tablet mode, would be touch friendly enough to make it usable.
  • Interesting that none of the options are available for preorder.
  • Wow didn't see this coming, nice would live to see more stuff like this comes to the Windows community including a Samsung edge style phone with live tils or notifications on the edge side
  • Why follow the pack? Samsung are great at re-inventing the wheel and charging top dollar for *stupid* gimmicks. W10 has to have something more otherwise it will become totally redundant. You cant take on Samsung in convincing people that the latest is better, they'd win on experience.
  • Because they are good at reinventing the wheel making something exclusive even if it's a small difference could help people see the potential of the system
  • Windows 10 mobile ? Intel ? 7 inch
  • Its Windows 10, not Mobile.
  • From what I understand, this is a W10 mobile device that turns into full Windows 10 once you activate the projector. This is beyond awesome. This is the phone I've been waiting my whole life for. Must buy!!!!!!!!!
  • Thats nonsense. You can't just switch between operating systems on the fly.
  • Well you can XD
  • You can if they are just running it in tablet mode...
  • Going to be expensive buying new pants to carry this phone.
  • Lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • If its x86, i doubt its win 10 mo.
  • Something's up with the description here. Looking further into the specs of the phone it seems that it runs both Android Lollipop and Windows 10, but goes into Windows 10 in certain circumstances (maybe only when the projector is turned on). Also, I don't think Windows 10 Mobile can be built for an Intel processor. I haven't seen any announcements from Microsoft about this, and so if it's not running an ARM processor then it'll be full-fat Windows 10 on the device. So this isn't technically a Windows 10 Mobile device. It's a dual OS device that runs both Android and Windows 10.
  • Windows mobile supports x86 chips it was in a doc of theirs even an amd chip
  • Everything sounds fine but only 3500mAh battery?
  • I see something about a "Sabertooth Pen" but no word on what kind of pen we're talking about. Simple stylus? NTrig? Are we talking Windows Ink on the go here?
  • It's under the Accessories section - https://www.akyumen.com/default-item/sabertooth-pen/
  • OK. So a Jot stylus on steroids. Got it. Thanks!
  • Fishy. W10M is not known for its support to x86 and even less now that Intel killed Broxton. Kickstart scam?
  • It isn't W10M.
  • Yes that's for sure. Windows Central says it is though.
  • Vid: https://youtu.be/D3mGK52INOU According to the video, it's Windows 10, not W10M.
  • So it is not Windows 10 mobile!
  • The only point of concern is the size of the battery. 3500mah seems small for a device with a screen that large - let alone one that has a built in projector
  • It's a scam!!
  • So basically it means that a cherry trail based 7 inch x86 phone is possible. What stops Microsoft from doing it?
  • Poor performance
  • Yeah, skepticism very high for this one.
  • Something's weird about this, why so vague on the specs on the manufacturer website...
  • It's a scam!
  • Indeed. The site mockups show it running Android but the only listed operating system is Windows 10.
  • The specs on it's website states that it run two OS's: W10 and Android L.
  • The website states the phone is compatible with Android. But under OS in the information it comes only with Windows 10. And it looks as though it is windows mobile 10 / windows desktop 10. This is the future of phones. Instead of smartphones we will have PCs with a phone.
  • It's a scam
  • OK you've said this several times, could you verify that it is a scam or do you just like saying it because it sounds impressive?
  • Mark my words right here. Surface phone will be real and extremely powerful x86 architecture. It will run the same as the device. It Will run windows 10 mobile and full windows 10 through continuum. Phones will change to the next phase. Away from their stagnant small time featured apps and into the real world of full computing. Finally we can move forward with UWP apps and Windows 10 now shows it's hand. Well done Microsoft. Ahead of the curve on this one.
  • Don't get offended but please keep dreaming.
  • This is a tablet.
  • No. It's a phablet. And if you search it on Bing and go to images your mind will be blown. There is defiantly a SurfacePhone in the making. Full x86 and full windows 10. No mobile version. With proper continuum and I can't believe I haven't noticed it before. The start menu on desktop is just perfect for a 5inch screen. On your mobile when you press start the live tiles fit perfectly. Now I get why they scroll up and down also. It makes sense. Microsoft are fazing out Windows 10 mobile ARM based. And moving into x86 phones with full legacy software. Goodbye IOS and Android.
  • Alright.
  • http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=akyumen+holofone&view=detailv2&&id=B...
  • Just found pictures. OMFG. It runs full windows 10 on the actual screen. Cleverly when you press the start menu the live tiles in the start menu fill the screen. When you close it you have all the legacy software on your desktop. Looks a bit like android does normally with Windows 10 desktop image in the background. Taskbar etc. Finally. This is how Microsoft kill Androod and IOS. There is no way in the world Android Phones and Iphones can even begin to compare. Apps vs legacy software. Game over.
  • It also run Android L, so you will be able to use the missing apps.
  • Considering the fact you really need at bare minimum a 3,000 lumen projector to fill a 100-inch screen with all the lights on, this is going to have pretty limited use-case scenarios.
  • Daniel we need a review about this phone and it's ability
  • This will be perfect for the businessman in the go who wants to work in complete darkness. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I can already guess what they'll project. Lol. :D
  • This isn't a phone its just a tablet, correct?
  • It's a phone too...with Android L.
  • My Idea : MS should have a common Start screen for every device. Use intel processors in phones.
    In phone, show Start screen and everything, but disable x86 apps. When connected to a dock, we should be able to use full power of the processor, and use full pc experience on the screen. That's continuum.
  • Soooo...You can run W10 in tablet mode with full mobile accessibility, then control tab into Android L to access any missing apps you might need. That's one way to attack the app gap situation.
  • Wow
  • So it comes with Windows 10, Windows Mobile and Android?
  • I might get this
  • Will it be available in India?
  • Watched the youtube video, have to admit I came away pretty impressed!!
  • I hope Microsoft is listening, this is what I want in my next phone!
  • It would be nice if WC could contact the maker of this device to find out why they're not taking preorders now. It was working just fine when I went to the site originally. It would also be interesting to get a review done on it by WC or even Mr. Mobile.  
  • Maybe too overwhelming , so they closed it
  • Correct there is now a Novemeber run.
  • I don't think it runs win10 mobile, but tablet win10 core
  • In case anyone runs across this post again. The phone is a dual boot Android 5.0 and Windows 10 tablet. The September production was sold out which is why you couldn't order any. There is now a November production run which you can order. There are several articles now on this device at various other websites.
  • I read in a comment somewhere that phone capabilities for this device are only operational while using the Android OS and not the Windows 10 side of things. Have you heard anything about this? Is Windows 10 capable of operating phone functions?
  • Akyumen Holofone doesn't have Windows 10 Mobile; It has Windows 10 PC for 7-inch display.
  • I understand that people that ordered for September should already be receiving their holofones. I want to know if they can make phone calls while in windows desktop mode. Also it will be great if someone can post a full review of this phone/phablet. 
  • I ordered one, due early December. Will let everyone know. In my case the screen size was the big factor. I have some near vision problems and need a real inky black. My dilemma was: 6.4 screen with UHD (like Phab2 Pro) or 7-incher with what I imagine is FHD (the site does not give this info or PPI) and the possibilities of magnifying with projector or Continuum. .Since I tried to reach out to company many times I won't feel guilty returning the device if I'm disappointed. Akyumen is either customer-insensitive or overwhelmed. They don't answer inquiries in whatever way I send them.