A modular smartphone Shift5+ is creating a buzz online, and is reportedly scheduled for release in the third quarter of this year. One of its unique features is its operating system that is powered by Windows 10. We have seen plenty of Android modular phones announced recently, but not as ones powered by the Windows 10 Mobile.
Owners will be able to customize certain parts of the handset, depending on their specific needs, including swapping out the screen, changing the battery pack, and increasing the phone’s internal memory.
Some of its interesting features, include:
• 5-inch IPS touchscreen display
• Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
• 2GB RAM
• 32GB internal memory
• 3,000 mAh battery
• 5-megapixel (front) camera, a 13-megapixel (rear) camera
• Camera features: LED flash, 1080p HD video recording, and autofocus
The new modular handset will be available by the end of 2016 with a pre-order price tag of 399 euros, but it will be retailed at 444 euros when it hits the shelves sometime in early 2017. In an official post by the company on their Facebook page, the smartphone will come with plenty of options for color variations regarding its case including: Black, White, Mustard Yellow, Hot Pink, Light Pink, Mint Green, Dark Green, and Turquoise Blue.
Why Windows 10 Mobile?
The Windows 10 Mobile is Microsoft’s next strategic move after they successfully launched Windows 10 on the web. Some lucky Windows Phone users became part of the company’s testing team to get their insights regarding the new mobile OS.
“Microsoft is working closely with mobile operators to leverage their testing and our fighting to meet and exceed current quality bars,” said Microsoft. “We will use their input but will decide when to send the updates out based on input from Mobile Operators and our Windows Insiders.”
An Android version
Apart from the Windows 10 Mobile version, Shift5+ will also come out with an Android model. No, it’s not a dual-boot device. Buyers should decide upon ordering which OS they prefer as it is not interchangeable. Given that it will be released by the end of the month, it will most likely run the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Modular craze affects tech giants, too
Last year, Samsung was reported to have filed a patent for an interchangeable camera module. In a report by GSM Arena, the parent also described a smartphone with a dual-xenon flash.
“The modular design shows several options – a regular looking camera, one with a camera bump that looks like it houses optical zoom, and one with an exchangeable lens. The host phone is drawn in a couple of different shapes, suggesting the idea is to have a line of such devices that can pick and choose their camera,” according to GSM Arena’s post.
At the moment, the Korean tech giant is focused on producing premium handsets with revolutionary features, such as their recently released Galaxy S7, which features a host of advanced features. O2 reported that the handset offers wireless charging, a water-resistant feature (IP68), and the Always-On-Display (AOD) technology keeps useful information on the display even when the phone is on idle mode while only using 1% of the battery every hour. Although many rumors came out that the handset will be released with the advanced iris scanning technology, their current flagship continue to utilized the fingerprint scanner as its security feature. Who knows, Samsung may feature an iris scanning sensor on their upcoming modular smartphones someday, too. The possibilities are endless at the moment.
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