Product designer Rybarczyk Francois offers his vision of an Android-based smartphone with an architecture that allows users to replace its hardware components. Dubbed as the Sony XTRUD, the concept handset would be an environmentally-friendly product that would allow users to upgrade components to better ones, or replace broken parts without needing to shell out money for a brand-new smartphone. Beyond the hardware, supposedly, even the XTRUD’s software will be upgradeable to keep the device up-to-date.
Despite the fact that Francois uses the Sony brand on the product renders of his concept handset, he clarifies that the device is only a personal project, and may not necessarily be in line with Sony’s ideas.
The Sony XTRUD, according to the artist’s description, follows Sony’s aesthetic concepts. It has a simple plastic or aluminum exterior with a geometric pattern and round shaped buttons for user input. It would also come with a slim profile.
Screws on the top part of the handset would permit users to open the device easily to access and replace its internal parts, such as the battery, camera, and even the screen. The Sony XTRUD also does not need a case to change the color of the device. It can easily be personalized according to a user’s color preferences, or customized to promote the company brand. On the bottom of the device, one finds a volume control wheel that appears to double as a zoom ring, and even as an audio jack.
Francois also illustrates the possible smart manufacturing process of the concept handset. The process would involve CMF exploration, followed by extrusion, cutting, machining, and finally, anodizing.
The Sony XTRUD would support Android operating system and offer a dedicated website. Francois creates a packaging render for the device, as well, and proposes a selling price starting at $199.
Some consumers would certainly appreciate having more control over their smartphone. On the part of manufacturers, however, the customizable handset would mean that consumers would not need to purchase new phones every so often to replace outdated models. On the other hand, such a product would allow them to sell individual components.
Would you want to buy a customizable smartphone?