A dreamer's dream: this modular smartphone concept can be fully exchanged, piece by piece

A dreamer's dream: this modular smartphone concept can be fully exchanged, piece by piece
The idea behind modular smartphones has been thrown around for quite a bit. First, we had Project Ara — a smartphone that can have most of its components replaced and upgraded, just as if it were a PC. But Ara is still stuck in development limbo, and the first "modular" smartphone to hit the market was the LG G5, which is much more conservative with its interchangeable parts – so far, we've got a choice between the Cam Plus module and Hi-Fi Plus one. And, of course, we are just hours away from the unveiling of the Moto Z Style and Moto Z Play — two phones that we expect to have their own set of interchangeable modules.

Of course, whenever a high-profile tech ideas get thrown around in the vast space that is the Internet, 3D artists and designers will often pick up on it and inject their own ideas into the conversation, through concept drawings and renders. Out of fandom, out of passion, and for the challenge of doing it, we suppose.

So, talented designer Hege has decided to imagine a modular smartphone of his own — dubbed THOR, it's a device that can be fully disassembled and put together with parts, combined to the user's taste. Metal connectors, slide-in rails, and a number of bolts are what makes sure that the different components will find their place securely and the suggested modules include a fingerprint scanner, a dual-flash camera, different-styled backs, et cetera. While this is just a concept, it has certainly taken some ideas from the yet unreleased Project Ara. We wouldn't be surprised if the first-ever fully modular phone to become commercially available ends up employing similar ways to keep its parts together.



source: Designed by Hege

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16 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Still a gimmick to me.

3. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

How so?

4. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Because its not iPhone,right? :D Now, where is my cookies?

5. FluffyBled unregistered

Not if both the CPU and GPU can also be safely changed!

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Unfortunately this won't be happening for many years to come It's just far too inefficient in terms of power consumption and space

6. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

PC's are a gimmick too.

8. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

As long as the phone has fruit logo and front facing speakers his body is ready.

10. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Gimmick to just change the part you want upgraded and save money? lol

14. MedLEB unregistered

Yeah, It's gimmick to save money.

2. NoAllegiance unregistered

Will destroy the industry, especially at this time where year over year updates are incremental. Both the top two companies are looking to a 3 year design overhaul.

11. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Industry need to be destroyed. they are milking us way too much!

15. NoAllegiance unregistered

That's like saying Trump must become president

7. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I swear I had this idea and shared it with a couple of people before I ever heard of the 'modular smart phone'.

12. FluffyBled unregistered

Ok we believe you.

13. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Good. I'll be sure to tell the next person FluffyBled believed me on the internet. Surely that will work.

9. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

its only a concept art

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