Wood and Suede Phone May Come to U.S.

PaulRubens - July 4, 2016 - 06:16 AM

Wood and Suede Phone May Come to U.S.

NuAns is hoping to get enough funding to adapt its unusual Windows 10 phone to work outside Japan.

(CCM) — NuAns' bizarre modular NEO Windows 10 phone will soon be making an appearance in the U.S. if the Japanese company's $725,000 Kickstarter campaign is successful. The NEO was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January but to date, the device has only been available in Japan. The purpose of the crowdfunding project is to fund the purchase of the new components needed to make a version of the phone that will work anywhere in the world. Aside from running Windows 10 Mobile, the NEO is unusual because its back cover is made of two swappable panels made of exotic materials: a wood-like material called Tennage; an artificial leather called Clarino; and another material called Escaine that mimics natural suede. Its 3,350mAh battery is also larger than most other smartphones', allowing the NEO to run for about two days with normal usage, the company claims.

The device has a 5-inch 720p display and is powered by an eight core Snapdragon 617 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and a 13 megapixel camera. The crowdfunding program ends on August 8 and, if successful, the international phones will be available in the U.S. in November. They will be priced at $399, or $270 for Kickstarter backers.

Photo: © NuAns.
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