Phones today have a large problem - in terms of design, they are all generally boring clones of each other. A similar problem exists among wearable devices like smart watches, which even now are all beginning to look exhaustingly similar. Luckily, with the big tech giants no longer innovating in terms of form, we can look to crowdfunding sites like IndieGoGo to see more adventurous concepts being pitched.
That latest of these is the ‘Portal’ smartphone by small tech company Arubixs. This device is immediately different from the pack due to its form factor (or lack thereof). While other phones use rigid materials like glass, steel and screws to hold themselves together, the Portal is a phone which is designed to be fully flexible. As well as this, it is made to be 100% shockproof, waterproof and dustproof.
With this complete device flexibility, the Portal can fill the role of not just a traditional smartphone, but also that of a wearable device. Bending along its lateral axis, allows the phone to fit snugly against the forearm, and through a series of wrist straps it can remain fixed even during rigorous exercise.
In terms of the hardware within this device, its makers are stating that this phone will feature a huge 6 inch bendable OLED display and the fastest multi-core processor available on the market. As well, it will come with 2GB of RAM, 64GB of physical storage and a 3200mAh proprietary flexible battery. Software-wise, the phone will run a customised version of Android which they are calling Portal UI, however it is as yet unknown if this is a Android skin like TouchWiz, or a fork like Amazon’s Fire OS.
Of course, the question has to be asked: will people actually buy this? Current wearables have imitated the dimensions of classic watches, with small faces and unobtrusive designs, while the Portal is the exact opposite. Indeed it is a bold move by Arubixs to try and create a device which is completely novel, rather than adding functionality to an established device category. We will have to wait till September next year when the Portal goes on sale, to find out once and for all whether the public is ready to strap a 6 inch screen to their forearm.
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