The PuzzlePhone, one of the best attempts at consumer-level modular smartphones we have seen yet, is attempting to get out of the concept stage and into actual production with a newly launched campaign on Indiegogo We first witnessed the device last year and the company behind it has certainly worked hard on presenting us with what may be one of the world’s earliest looks at modular smartphones.
The concept of the device revolves around three main parts: The Brain (processor and camera), the Spine (display, frame and speakers) and the Heart (battery and secondary electronics). The idea is that every single part is replaceable which means that losing or breaking one of them is not really a big deal. Apart from making it future-proof, this approach also details a more friendly approach to the environment as it aims to reduce waste from electronic devices, a growing problem in many regions of the world.
Of course, ideas do not sell smartphones and the actual device has to be up to par, especially if it is going to compete in this industry. Each PuzzlePhone has a 5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, an unnamed 64-bit octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 12MP rear-facing shooter with LED Flash, a 5MP front camera, a 2.800mAh battery and a variety of sensors including a gyroscope and accelerometer. Every order will include a USB Type C charger and headphones with an integrated microphone. Furthermore, users can choose between 16/32/64GB of storage with matching prices at $333/$444/$777. The most expensive 64GB version is actually a limited edition model with a unique copper hue design which may justify the price for some people.
The PuzzlePhone is not exactly cheap, especially when you consider that these prices are specifically for the Indiegogo campaign and the retail value of the smartphone will be quite a bit higher. With that said, even the basic model of the PuzzlePhone is a great representation of the modular smartphone concept. The crowdfunding campaign has already gathered more than $40,000 in a single day so I guess the $250,000 goal is not a long shot.