Shift5+ is a modular smartphone that can run either Android, or Windows 10

If you like the idea behind Google's Ara project, you may be interested in finding out that a relatively unknown German company is getting ready to release a handset that's based on a similar concept, being a modular smartphone. Shift is the name of said company, and the smartphone that we're talking about is called Shift5+ (pictured above).

According to its maker, the Shift5+ is its flagship smartphone, and will be available to pre-order starting December for €399 (around $342). It doesn't look like the Shift5+ is as customizable as an Ara phone, but Shift says users can easily swap its battery, display, and other important components, though it's not exactly clear how and for how much extra components will be sold. Anyway, base specs should include a 5-inch IPS display, a Qualcomm processor, at least 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space, 13 MP and 5 MP cameras (rear and front), and a battery with capacity up to 3000 mAh.

Interestingly, the Shift5+ can run either Android, or Windows 10. To be clear, you can choose between Windows 10 and Android when you're ordering the handset, but you won't be able to change between OSes after you get the phone (so this isn't a dual-boot device).

Unfortunately, Shift says that the Shift5+ won't ship before the third quarter of 2016. Is anyone willing to wait that long?

source: Shift (translated) via Windows Central



10. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

crap what is excited in this blog nothing.

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 2023; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I wish you could switch back and forth between WP10 and Android. I could easily see myself using both.

8. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"will be available to pre-order starting December for €399 (around $342)" I don't think so buddy, euro is bigger than the dollar last time I checked.

7. willy42

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Are you kidding? Right now, at THAT price ($442), those specs are average at best and not worth the price. Just think how much worse those specs and price will be in a year when you receive your phone.

6. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

2016 will be the Year of Modular smartphones and smartwatches and tablets

5. kajam

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Still will be good idea. but it will awesome if they came installed i one drive

3. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Meh... Just load up a Windows 10 theme on Android. It works flawless. I put it on my moms phone and her BF and it allows you to have a Windows feel with better custimization and the Play Store.

4. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Can you tell me the name of that Windows theme app? Ty

1. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

I though they had partitioned the drive and the device came with both OS. I was about to start throwing cash at the computer screen...

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