The design of the Sanyo Incognito is nothing if not highly unusual. It has a strange combination of features, and its appearance is equally strange as well. It is an old-style flip phone with a second screen and a full QWERTY keyboard on the inside, similar to the Nokia Communicator series of old.
From the front, the Incognito is a relatively unassuming device. It has a small screen measuring 1.1 inches. It displays basic information, like notifications and the battery status. The screen is sunken to the level of the touchscreen keypad, rendering the front completely smooth. There is a deep silver bevel surrounding the front, which somehow manages to make the phone look smaller than it actually is.
The touchscreen can be turned on and off through the use of a slider button on the left edge of the device. The right edge has a microUSB port, a microSD expansion card slot, a button that turns on the loudspeaker during calls and the volume rocker switch. The top edge has a 2.5 mm audio jack, which is somewhat disappointing consider the handset has more universal ports otherwise. The back panel just has the camera lens and nothing else.
When opened, the phone has a fully-fledged QWERTY keyboard laid out in 4 lines. The keys are made of hard plastic and are well spaced out, making it easy to type. The inner display is 2.6 inches and offers a resolution of 320 by 240 pixels.
On the whole, the design does not offer too much in terms of innovation. The form of the Sanyo Incognito is pretty sturdy, although the shiny surface is a fingerprint magnet. The hinge mechanism is solid, and should stand up to sustained usage.