Long-lasting smartphone with three easy-to-change modules will be available for preorder on Indiegogo next week. The crowdfunding campaign for the Finnish modular phone PuzzlePhone starts on November 3, 2015.
Engineers from Circular Devices (the company behind PuzzlePhone) claim that their modular phone can last up to 10 years. The modules can be replaced as they reach technological obsolescence, but there is no need to throw out the whole phone. Old modules can be reused in PuzzleCluster.
PuzzlePhone has three parts: the Spine (high-res display), the Heart (battery) and the Brain (CPU, GPU, RAM, memory, and cameras). Actual specs for the device aren’t unveiled yet, but the company will most likely reveal more details once the Indiegogo campaign starts.
Crowdfunding resources will be used to enable manufacturing of PuzzlePhone. The cheapest version of PuzzlePhone will cost €299 (250 units), two more version will cost €399 (500 units) and €699 (150 units). Once limited units run out, the PuzzlePhone will be available on Indiegogo at 449 EUR and 499 EUR (depending on storage configuration). The shipment is scheduled for Q3/Q4 2016.
The official press-release says that the PuzzlePhone crowdfunding campaign is “more than just backing PuzzlePhone: it’s sending a message to the industry at large: As humans, we value sustainability. As users, we’ve long had sustainable choices when it comes to cars or clothing or food. So why not with mobile phones? Crowdfund PuzzlePhone to send a message loud and clear: We demand sustainable values in the industry, too.”
PuzzlePhone has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The funding has been dedicated to R&D. In addition, PuzzlePhone has been backed by Grant4Com, Haltian Oy (Nokia spin-off), Muottituote Oy (housing manufacturing), and AT&S Austria (PCB manufacturing).