One of the biggest smartphones stories of the last year or two has been that of Google’s Project Ara. By now, most readers will be familiar with the concept of Ara, but for those who have yet to encounter Ara, the concept is simple. A modular smartphone. One in which no component or major specification is solid. For instance, if you want a bigger camera on your modular smartphone, you just replace the camera module. Need more RAM, greater internal storage or a bigger capacity battery, you just swap out the module. Although, Ara dominates the headlines, they were not the first and are not the only company working on the principle of modular technology.
In fact, Fonkraft are working on their own modular smartphone and the project has now just reached the crowd funding stage. Like Ara, Fonkraft is built on a modular design and, as a result, owners will be able to mix and match components as much and as often as they like. In fact, there is pretty much no limit to the way in which you can customize your Fonkraft smartphone. Although, the project has just reached the crowd funding stage, it looks to be moving fast, as the listing suggests a delivery date for devices of September of this year. Typical of crowdfunding projects, you can save money on what the recommended retail price is expected to be by signing up as an early adopter. However, untypical of normal products, the nature of being a modular smartphone means there are multiple ways in which the product can be bought. To try and narrow down the options, Fonkraft are offering four variants of their smartphone in preset packages. These are the Fonkraft Pilot, Fonkraft Resolution, Fonkraft HiFi and Fonkraft Elements.
In terms of the differences, the Fonkraft Pilot is the basic version of the device although it does place more focus on battery life. This option comes with a 5-inch display with a 1280 x 760 resolution along with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, a dual-core processor (clocking at 1.3 GHz), 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 4,100 mAh battery. This one is currently available for $99 (although only until April 30th and then will be priced at $149.99). In contrast, the Fonkraft Resolution comes with a 5-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution along with 2GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, a quad-core processor (clocking at 2.5 GHz), 20-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,800 mAh battery. This one is currently available for early adopters for $199. The Fonkraft HiFi adopts many of the same specs of the Resolution model including the same display, RAM, processor and storage but comes with the lesser camera specs (8-megapixel front and 2-megapixel rear) and the smaller 2,100 mAh battery. Although, this one comes with a 192 kHz wood HiFi module to offer a better sound experience. This one is also currently priced at $199. Up last, is the Elements model and this one essentially gives you the opportunity to customize the device as you want. As such, this one comes with all the modules available and is priced at $299 during the early adopter period. If you are interesting in checking out the project further or possibly securing your Fonkraft, then follow the link over to the company’s IndieGoGo listing or check out the images and video below.