A modular smartphone is a cellphone that can be upgraded through the attachment or replacement of discrete components.
Benefits of modular smartphones:
- Customers only pay for the features they use and can upgrade as needs and technologies change.
- Replacing components is less expensive than replacing the phone.
- There is less e-waste because the phone can be upgraded rather than replaced.
- When components fail, only the broken modules will need to be replaced.
- User serviceability.
Phonebloks is an open source modular cellphone design that was originally conceptualized as a means of reducing e-waste. Motorola is working on a similar project, Ara. The Phonebloks community provides input to project Ara.
See a video about Phonebloks: