The idea is to cut down a lot of costs, and generate less waste, and basically it is a good thing! Because the spine of your phone will be yours for a long time! And if you want any of the parts to be replaced, replace it just like you do on your desktop PC. Except that it’s a phone and it’s more compact etc.
The great concept of Modular phones actually got started by Jolla and their NFC/I2C solution.
Okay I know they still haven’t actually used the I2C connectors on the Jolla phone but as Stefano Mosconi said in Jolla’s Italian Community Meetup, it is promised for the end of this year to see some cool new functional OtherHalves. Despite the fact that there are some 3D printed functional community-based otherhalves available already to purchase from FunkyOtherHalf.
Let’s not get carried away by the concept and who did what, but get back to the actual Puzzlephone business.
What is puzzlephone?
From the name and the stuff we have talked about just now, you can tell it’s yet another modular phone.
Their motto is being: “Reliable, Repairable, Upgradable!”
Many might say it’s the age of wearables but I’d say it is also the age of modular portable devices by the look of it, and Finland, the country that has a leading history in the mobile phone industry, has yet another surprise for us.
Puzzle phone is still a concept and there is no information about it other than its design which is not yet even finalized but as a concept it can give us the idea of what exactly they are up to.
Basically the phone is made out of 3 major parts. The brain, The heart and The spine!
Normally the brain on a phone (Location-wise) would contain the chipset (CPU, RAM, GPU, Camera, Major part of the motherboard and a bunch of sensors), the heart (Again, location-wise) would contain the battery and sometimes the loud speaker and the spine is the chassis of the phone that everything is screwed on it. Puzzlephone is essentially using the same concept except that you can change those parts to your priority. You want the brain to have a better camera? Change it to the one with a better cam! You want the heart to have more juice in it? Change it with a thicker one that contains a high capacity battery in it. And they all are just a simple slide away according to the concepts and the video:
Now the question of software and the OS remains unanswered.
We have definitely witnessed some android buttons in the video but this does not mean that they are finalizing the design to be an Android based hardware. Although it may be an open platform and support many great operating systems, they are showing a huge interest to Jolla and Sailfish OS as seen on their tweets :
@ThePuzzlePhone excited to see what Puzzelphone comes up with 🙂
— Carol Chen (@cybette) March 15, 2014
And Puzzlephone tagged Harri Hakulinen in their next tweet whom is a Jolla Sailor:
— puzzlephone (@ThePuzzlePhone) March 15, 2014
Which makes the whole scene much more exciting and shows that there are/will be discussions going on between them and Jolla and if you think of it, it totally makes sense since both companies are from Finland, Sailfish is an OS made entirely from scratch with modularity in mind and what’s not to like? They are both still under development except that Puzzlephone is much newer and they can get a lot of benefits from Jolla’s side of experience 😉
In general, I think that these two startups should get along and make something stronger and bigger than they already have!
Everything aside, Puzzlephone is planning to be green, and build a phone to last, which is already a great marketing coming from Finland with Nokia’s reputation and a bit of Jolla’s.
[PICTURE] #Nokia wheels in an old #Tunturi bicycle from the #recycling center. Made in #Finland, built to last. pic.twitter.com/ImwDLtf95c
— puzzlephone (@ThePuzzlePhone) April 27, 2014
What do you guys think? I know Puzzlephone is in very early stage, but can it be something rather big if they do their job fast and be reliable enough with a great marketing? I think so since I’m mostly an optimistic guy, but what do others think? Tell us about it in the comment section.
Also, visit puzzlephone.org for more information about them!