Puzzlephone, which is expected to hit the market in 2015, is another modular cell phone designed by Circular Devices, a relatively young Finnish company based in Espoo, the hometown of Nokia.
Right now Puzzlephone is in developing stage as well as Google‘s Project Ara. Both phones are the pioneers of the upcoming era of modular phones, and is likely to be expected the most discussed phones of the next year. But there is one conceptual difference between them. While Google’s device will have up to 10 parts and a base panel, the Finnish phone will be made up of only three major components. They are the “Spine”, the “Heart”, and the “Brain” of the phone.
According to the presentation on the official Puzzlephone site, the “Spine” will feature highly resistant LCD module, speaker and microphone. The “Heart” will contain the battery and secondary electronics. The “Brain” will hold the main electronics and can be developed to any specific purpose.
Circular Devices plans to sell the first modular phone in the second half of 2015. No info about the price yet. It will be interesting to see how price competition evolves, given that Goolge’s modular phone is said to be priced at about $50.
The Circular Devices team promises to set open source standards software to developers and hardware manufacturers. Initially Puzzlephone will run on Android OS, but the device will be open to such operating systems as Firefox, Sailfish or Windows.