We’re used to our phones being huge. The small mobile has practically disappeared from the map, and manufacturers are no longer betting on compact formats, although there are some options, although there are some options. Now there is a project that wants to save the compact Android mobile phone, and it comes from a group that has already stunned the world in the past.
gravel. In 2013, a great project surfaced on Kickstarter: a smartwatch that looked almost like a toy and revolutionized the entire industry. This little device had its own rise and fall and was responsible for starting the age of smartwatches. In fact, watches based on the Apple Watch and Wear OS have finally taken over that flag and solidified this technological category.
He wants to bring back his little cell phone. Eric Migicovsky was the leader of the Pebble project and he, along with a group of ex-employees, now wants to bring us back a small format mobile phone. These entrepreneurs, whose goal is to create a compact smartphone, talk about it with their team at The Verge.
everything to do. Currently the project is in an embryonic stage. It all started with an idea Migicovsky shared last year and was endorsed by nearly 40,000 people. This led this entrepreneur to get to work and come up with a roadmap with his team for the potential design, development, production and sale of this new compact smartphone.
distinctive cameras. Those responsible for the project are clear that this mobile should have good cameras that take good pictures – they say “it won’t be a 100 Mpix sensor” – but they will also use the camera module so that the mobile can be clearly identified. They’ve contacted Chinese developers working on apps that can take RAW photos and it looks like they’re going to create their own software on the subject to try to get good results.
marvin. This is the code name of that phone, whose design and material have not yet been determined. “We want to stand out not by using rare materials, but by our attention to detail,” they say. The final name of the device has yet to be decided, but there are contenders such as Pico, Pip, Atom and of course Pebble.
High end, but not super high end. This mobile, yes, will not be cheap: the figure is expected to be around $700 and not exceed 850, although everything will be defined yet and the price will be deduced from these decisions. it is more expensive than other cellphones with superior hardware, but this is normal considering that only a few tens of thousands of cellphones will be produced from the hypothetical first model, not millions as in large manufacturers.
It all depends on screen size. The feature that determines everything is the screen. Almost no one offers screens smaller than 6 inches anymore, so yes, there is talk of a special screen that will add “significant cost” to the phone and delay its appearance. Other parts, such as the condition and design of the battery or motherboard and its components, depend on this diagonal.
Good hardware, but not super powerful. They are hoping to have the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 or perhaps a mid-range processor yet to be announced in this mobile. What they are clear about is that they will not revolutionize the architecture and components of the mobile phone and therefore, at least in this section, they will not resort to already existing components to facilitate this design and development. Therefore, if it does come out, it should be expected to do so with features that will be fine but not groundbreaking.
crowdfunding. To get everything from scratch, they hope to create a crowdfunding campaign – not on Kickstarter, that would keep a decent amount of the proceeds. They need $40 to $50 million to finance the project, which makes it very difficult to reach the target: around 40,000 interested parties may fall short.
Essential and Nextbit have already tried. Competing with the biggest in mobility is very complex, and small projects that set expectations but very limited in scope know this. It happened with Essential or Nextbit. The latest project in that sense, yes, looks like it will continue to be well received: There is nothing in that battle and it has actually launched the second generation of in-ear headphones.
An inspiring project but many obstacles. We have a few of us at Xataka who have a particular love for compact mobiles, so projects like this are certainly encouraging and can offer a promising alternative to it. The goal, yes, is full of hurdles and above all very important: big cell phones have already won the game. The question is whether small cell phones will eventually survive as a small niche market.
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Emma Ortiz is a gadget expert and author at Div Bracket. She provides in-depth coverage of the latest and greatest in consumer technology, offering readers an inside look at the latest trends and innovations in the world of gadgets.