Modular smartphones now a two-horse race? Xiaomi may also be working on a Phonebloks-like project
4. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
The bad thing about blocks. Once they fall, it will scatter to pieces.
8. indianapple89 (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)
I'm sure that it'll have some kind of support/ casing. You would expect a company like Moto/Google to think of such pitfalls before announcing it publicly.
9. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
i think a silicon case can hold them together. think of possibilities. but theres one thing that bugs me and its how the os would run on new hardware w/o optimization...
2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3702; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Good move Xiaomi. I think one day all OEMs would jump into this Phonebloks race, that day would be amazing.
3. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
Very good idea, but I don´t think most of oems will support it(it´s more profitable to sell a whole product than share the parts with competitors )
7. Arman (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jul 2013)
its not that simple like PC.. in PC era yep you can have more profit if you sell PC as a complete product.. but.. there is a big but! (:P)
for smartphones is completely different.. modules are extremely cheap for OEMs.. like a S800 Soc is around 20-30 USD .. or a camera sensor is about 10-20 USD..
imagine you have a cellphone from Motorola, and sony release a 20megapixel OIS module for 69 USD a piece.. and the next motorola flagship has the same exact sensor.. you have 2 choice , spend 600 worth of money to get what you want + improvement in other parts.. or spend only 69 dollars to get exactly what you want .. in second option SONY or Part supplier make more profit .. so component makers are happy to support a well designed and well marketed modular platform.
10. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
But you spending 69 instead of 600 is what I think the OEMs do not want, if we spend less, then they profit less, it´s simple.
But if a major player(moto) give the first kick and people start buying... then maybe we will get something, and I hope that happens
5. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)
The only trend I see here is companies posting unreleased stuff then removing them immediately.
Oh, and a second... Tech sites posting about them.
11. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
Lol, It's not always like that, sometimes tech sites posts about concept devices made by unknow people like it was for real too... lol