Modular smartphones have reared their heads before, but have struggled to get off the ground, Google Project Ara being a prime example. So to break a market that big players are floundering in, is a brave move to say the least. Enter PuzzlePhone, a modular smartphone running the very latest of Android’s offerings, 6.0 Marshmallow - a smart move to start with, that takes away the troubles that the likes of Jolla have found with trying to introduce an alternative operating system.
The big deal about this phone is that it has three interchangeable parts, relatively simple compared to other modular phone projects over the last few years, and this could be it’s trump card. PuzzlePhone themselves describe it as, “the first smartphone that’s built to last… with three easy-to-change modules, making it 100% upgradeable, repairable and future-proof.” Each module contains key components, with all three high risk components, CPU (Brain), screen (Spine) and battery (Heart) in separate pieces that can be replaced for added longevity.
Designed in Finland to be ‘functional and timeless’ and built in Europe (which covers a multitude of sins country-wise, before we get too excited), it boasts a design philosophy, “rooted in a blend of beauty, usability and sustainability. Nordic Design focussed on subtle and functional forms, optimal use of available resources and materials. Longer-lasting products with carefully selected eco-friendly materials, which combines beauty with practicality.”
It has all the standard features of a fairly decent Android phone, a 1920x1080 5” HD Screen, front and rear facing cameras at 5 and 12 megapixels respectively, then wows with a ARM 64bit, 8 core processor, along with 3 GB of RAM. There are three storage options at present, 16/32/64 GB, LTE/4G capability, USB 3.0 Type-C, NFC + Bluetooth LE 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and GPS.
The sensors one might have come to expect from a smartphone are all there, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and ambient light. In the hand it is 70x137x8.9mm size-wise and weights 170g, 41g more than the iPhone 6s but to be expected when packing a bulging 2.800 mAh battery, compared the 1.715 mAh battery in the iPhone 6s.
Launched on Indiegogo only 4 hours ago (Tuesday 3rd November 2015), it has already raised $20,415 USD, 8% of their target of $250,000 USD. Three contribution options are $333 USD which will get you a Very Early Bird.1st Edition, $444 USD for a Early Bird PuzzlePhone and $777 USD for an Indiegogo Limited Edition with special edition plate, copper detailing and an engraving of your choice. Backers should expect to receive their hardware in October of 2016.