PuzzlePhone is a modular smartphone developed by a Finnish start-up, called Circular Devices, founded by Spanish engineer Alejandro Santacreu.
For those who don’t remember, this phone is made out of 3 major parts: the Brain (1), the Spine (2) and the Heart (3).
The Brain contains critical electronics: the CPU, GPU, RAM, memory, and cameras. The Spine is the main structure with an high-res display. Core spine elements will be available in a variety of sizes and materials.
The Heart contains the battery. It will be the enabler of secondary electronics and features chosen by the user.
On the new PuzzlePhone website, Circular Devices has unveiled new images of the final version of the phone.
The company also announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, on next November the 3rd 2015.
The cheapest version will cost €299 , for the first 250 units. The regular price on Indiegogo will be €449 or €499, depending on storage configuration and the retail price will be €599. PuzzlePhone will also launch a limited edition version for €699. The product will be delivered in Q3/Q4 2016.
Circular Devices is also working on a development platform, called Open Standard. “Companies and brands joining the PuzzlePhone Open Standard will be provided with a ready-made standard and a one stop shop for R&D, testing, certification, manufacturing, and logistics” they explained.
The company is also working with new partners as Vulcan Vision. Their ubiQVue technology allows the viewing of any moving object, such as an athlete, from any desired viewpoint. ubiQVue and PuzzlePhone enables you to float around the athlete, viewing the performance from all angles. PuzzlePhone includes an almost ready action camera running Android, and provides an easy-to-customize solution that matches Vulcan Vision requirements.
Circular Devices also works with iFixit to develop a smartphone easy to repair and with Fraunhofer IZM, in R&D, “to ensure best practices in sustainable design, guaranteeing robust, reliable electronic systems” they said.
“PuzzlePhone invites consumers to join us in making their voices heard, making a statement about sustainable priorities, as well as sending a message to the industry that PuzzlePhone is the paradigm shift from ‘take, make, waste’ to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle,” the company wrote in the press release. “We are the androids you are looking for!”
The original article was posted on the Phonebloks Blog.