With Instagram and Facebook muscling their way into the instant messaging game, it's no secret that Snapchat has been looking for new ways to stay ahead of the curve. At the tail-end of 2016, the company unveiled its first-ever hardware product known as "Spectacles," with reports now suggesting a smartphone could be the next big release.

According to Mediakix, holding company Snap Inc. recently embarked on a hiring mission to reinforce its hardware engineering, telecommunications, and manufacturing logistics departments. The article continues that, "of the 36 new hires since August of 2016, 16 have previous experience from Motorola, 7 from Apple, 6 from Google, 3 from HTC, and one each from Verizon and Nokia." Putting two and two together, that suggests Snap is working on something far bigger than Spectacles.

Adding further fuel to the flames is the fact Snap Inc. recently rebranded as a camera company. Apps, it seems, is only a small part of a wider mission.

Like they did for the specs, Mediakix then provided a detailed mock-up of what a Snapchat phone might look like.

According to the speculative graphics, the camera-centric piece would come equipped with a 360-degree shooter and a one-touch capture button for ease of upload to the app. Not only is it compatible with the Spectacles, but a "Discover" function allows the user to seek out other Snapchatters.

Would you be interested in a product like the above? Let us know in the comments.

Staying with phones, here are eight features we'd like to see on the Samsung Galaxy S8.

What To Read Next

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Machine Gun Kelly's Pink Moment, Off-White™ x Church's Hole-Y Shoes, Kim's SKKN Lawsuit

    Culture
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Ahoy! Sailorcore Sets Sail for SS23

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Denim Tears & CPFM Are Reclaiming July 4th

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Cactus Jack x Dior Is Actually Releasing After All

    Culture
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    More Virgil Abloh Exhibit Merch Drops in Brooklyn

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Needles Does Needles Things for SS23

    Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.