Can the cell phone become a boombox?

The 'Super Audio Phone' seems to think so

Back view of the 'Super Audio Phone' Slashphone

As mobile phones grapple with their identity crisis as MP3 players, handset makers have worked themselves into contortions trying to provide decent sound quality--creating some ugly accessories in the process.

The Chinese-made "Super Audio Phone" aims to change all that by building in a speaker that's much larger than today's standard sizes in the back of the handset, where a second, smaller LCD screen that provides song titles and other audio information, according to Slashphone. The front looks like a regular phone, with a larger display and buttons.

We have no idea how its music actually sounds, but the idea seems to make a lot of sense, especially considering some of the alternatives .

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