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Modular Phones:Expectations & Reality

 

Smartphone market has seen drastic development in past 2-3 years and its time for a game changer. And we have a new name in market-Modular Phones, what are they exactly?
As the name suggests Modular phones are the ones which have replaceable modules/parts. Consider a desktop computer in which you can change almost everything, the CPU Case, GPU ,Motherboard,Processor,RAM, HDD,Sound card etc. making it a completely modular device. Just imagine if we can do the same with our smartphones. Previously we did hear that such an idea is being taken up and was called ‘Phonebloks’. Phonebloks did attract attention of geeks by the prototype images although with time nothing came up as a reality picture. Around 3 years back, Motorola/Google came with similar goals of designing a modular device and later they called it by a code name ‘Project ARA’.

PhoneBloks Concept

PhoneBloks Concept

What we expected from ‘Project ARA’?
When it comes to expectations one would surely want that almost the entire smartphone should be modular.

  • Display: Considering the choices of different consumers and their different demands related to display,some would prefer LCD while some prefer AMOLED. Also the screen size which we can’t say how Modular devices will be showcasing is a big question.
  • Processor: For a moderate user, an average Processor is sufficient enough for daily use while a heavy user will definitely prefer a high end or a flagship processor.
  • RAM : RAM which enhances multitasking experience is again subjective for different users and their needs, desires a vast availability of options. Right now a maximum of 6 Gigs of RAM is available in existing smartphones(Oneplus 3).
  • Memory: Already smartphones are semi-modular when it comes to memory pertaining to devices having expandable storage. But with modular phones we definitely need an option of expanding the internal memory itself since we get higher transfer rate and more reliability with internal storage compared to MicroSD cards.
  • Camera: This is one of the main selling point for many since we live in an era where capturing every moment has become an habit for most users and it will be worth it to upgrade Camera from time to time.
  • Battery: For a nominal user any latest smartphone’s battery will last for almost the entire day while power users do desire that even after a full day there should be some juice left.So, variable capacities of batteries compatible with one single device is again a crucial feature we expect in modular phones.
  • GPU: As far as graphic processors are concerned even a mid range device gives a good performance making it a less significant factor for a normal user but keeping in mind the users who like to play high end games on-the-go would like to have upgradability in this sector.
  • Speaker:Most of us like to plug in our earphones if we want to listen to something on our smartphone, making it a very less demanding feature but if your smartphone speakers offer an above average sound quality and loudness why would one not go for it!

What are we going to get as of Now?
From the above listed parts ARA will only be giving us 3 options to experiment with- Battery, Camera and Speakers which is quite a good deal but a few more options would have done the trick.
The buzz is that developer edition will start shipping this Fall and expects to create an impression for the potential buyers. Regular consumers can get their hands on it next year. The ARA base model/kit is going to hit the market with an introductory price of around $100 making it quite affordable for budget users.
We hope that ARA includes more upgradability options when launching it for the open market, making it an optimistic bet!

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