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Phonebloks: A Lego-like smartphone that will never grow old

An issue plaguing smartphones today is that in a short time they get outdated. Within a year of buying a new device, the battery doesn’t feel big enough anymore or the processor fast enough for

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An issue plaguing smartphones today is that in a short time they get outdated. Within a year of buying a new device, the battery doesn’t feel big enough anymore or the processor fast enough for newer apps and you end up having to buy a new phone. A new concept called ‘Phonebloks’ hopes to address this issue and will let you replace individual features, so your device never really gets old.

Conceived by designer Dave Hakkens, Phonebloks is a concept in response to the wastefulness of smartphones. Hakkens uses a board as the base for the device, where different features of a phone fit like a Lego-pieces. From display, battery, processor to internal storage, everything is a different block that all fits together on the board.

The range of customizations is practically endless and lets one choose each block according to one’s need. So if you are an avid photographer, you can choose a bigger camera module and storage block, while compromising on other features. According to Hakkens, there are talks going with bigger companies for branded blocks, so you might one day see a Nokia PureView camera block in the future. You can see a short demo of the concept in the video embedded below.

In order to be recognized by big OEMs Hakkens has created a Thunderclap campaign, and wants to gather enough support from netizens across the globe, before a launch at the end of October. Do you think this idea will work out? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  • Published Date: September 15, 2013 1:51 PM IST