PuzzlePhone is another modular device seeking crowdfunding

The concept of modular devices is trying so hard to become the next gadget trend, similar to wearables 2-3 years ago. Another startup is here to give it a shot, this time with PuzzlePhone, a modular smartphone with a simple, clean design, and only three parts to combine. The creators bill the device as having a "brain" (a processor, RAM, storage, and camera), a "spine" (the screen and central housing structure), and a "heart" (the battery and any remaining components), and now they're taking the PuzzlePhone to Indiegogo in a crowdfunding campaign.

Along with the interesting design and fresh take on modular components, the PuzzlePhone's specs are better than one would expect. It will feature a 5-inch full HD display, 3GB of RAM, an octa-core processor, a max of 64GB of internal storage, and its said to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

However, before jumping in and pledging money, there's something potential buyers need to be aware of. PuzzlePhone is looking to raise $250,000 in flexible funding, which is a type of Indiegogo campaign where the organizers will keep all the money that is pledged, even if it doesn't reach their goal. The use of flexible funding is something of a red flag on Indiegogo, as the campaigns are often less likely to produce a real product, or, at worst, are just scams.

That's not to say that's what the PuzzlePhone is, however. But the company does have a challenge in front of it. The earliest shipping date for backers is estimated to be September 2016, but other modular phones, like the Fairphone 2, will be available long before then.

Those that are interested should still check out PuzzlePhone's campaign, where early backers can reserve a device starting at $333 for 16GB of storage, or $444 for 32GB.

SOURCE Indiegogo