Let's face it, phone manufacturers today want you to replace your phone every single year. Pressure from shareholders to stay at the top means new models of flagship devices are constantly being pushed. Manufacturers of today also make phones so complicated to repair that we are often better of to upgrade the whole unit when one part of it breaks. Meet PuzzlePhone, a new Indiegogo campaign looking for project funding to launch their upgradable and sustainable smartphone.
The PuzzlePhone is modular, made up of three easy-to-change modules that make the PuzzlePhone 100% upgradable, repairable and future-proof. The three modules include the Brain, the Spine, and the Heart. The Brain contains the main electronics of the phone such as the CPU, GPU, RAM, storage and camera. The Spine of the phone includes the structure and LCD. The Heart contains the battery and secondary electronics that can be developed according to its users. The hope is to get enough interest in the product so if you do happen to own a PuzzlePhone, and your battery starts to go bad after a year or two, you can simply replace the Heart module rather than the whole phone.
In its current state, the PuzzlePhone runs the Android 6.0 Marshmallow platform. It features a 5" Full HD 1920x1080 display, 3GB of ram, 16/32/64 GB storage options, a 2800 mAh battery, ARM 64-bit 8 core CPU and features a 5MP front camera and a 12MP rear camera. The PuzzlePhone at its earliest will not be ready till September 2016, and by then those specs may not be as competitive as they are today. It's worth noting that the PuzzlePhone is also set up as a Flexible Funding campaign, which means that if the company fails to launch the products as planned, they still get to keep your money. With warnings aside, it's great to see companies working on phones that give power back to its users when it comes time to upgrade or repair.
Currently three levels of project funding are available, with a $333 pledge promising to get you a 16GB version of the PuzzlePhone. A $444 pledge will get you upgraded to the 32GB version while a $777 pledge promises 64GB with custom copper plating and engraving.