Constantly Upgraded Smartphone

The tech industry is on an innovation overdrive, what’s fresh today gets obsolete within days. The loss belongs to the end consumer actually; we all felt the twinge when Apple introduced two new iPhones barely months apart. Its human nature to want the newer product, hence designer Francois Rybarczyk has a good solution for this: the XTRUD Concept Phone.

  • One part supports all the components, and features a very simple aluminum or plastic profile.
  • The architecture allows the users to easily replace the phone components, (for example changing the original camera module for the new Sony one), but it also allows the users to change and customize the design of their phone by buying new profile parts.

*Disclaimer “Sony” is just for representational purposes only and doesn’t reflect the company’s ideations.

Designer: Francois Rybarczyk


  • Hunter says:

    A smartphone that is constantly upgraded?
    Sounds suspiciously similar to the Nexus 4…

  • Lok says:

    1.Most people don’t want to keep using the same phone even it’s upgradable 2.No company would keep releasing upgrade parts for it, may be only for the first 2 years 3.Upgradable internal parts means this phone will be super thick cause it have more layers. The phone have a shell, all the part have their own shells.

    Perfect example why some concepts remain concept forever.

  • sacha says:

    I’d buy that.

  • Thomas Steiner says:

    it isnt the same phone after 2 upgrades anymore, just as my PC isnt the same after 3 mayor updates.
    the concept would (in my opinion) bind the users to buy MORE from the company, when a completely new phone from another costs many times as much as an upgrade part for the system you already own
    it would additionally lower the total costs for developing additional parts after the V1.0 when they are using standardized interfaces to build the components independently from each other, just like in desktops.

  • Jacek says:

    While I like the simple form, I think that the idea behind it is wrong. Any large phone manufacturer will tell you that it is more profitable to develop and release a brand new model, which can be a 2nd generation, rather than focus and support something which was already released. Give something, build expectations for more release it not as an upgrade but as a new phone. Discontinue support for the old one… It’s sad, but true.

  • kmisad says:

    So design is just all about the easthetics then?

    And if I understood well the article started by the problem that all the consumers’ goods changing rapidly, meaning the consumer has to put his hand constantly in his pocket and this will happens with the solution here.

    I d prefer a solution mostly in upgrading the inside technology in the same phone, i.e. linux-like, as here is the phone the subject.

    But this is an utopia in our world today.

  • Thomas Steiner says:

    @Jacek: i dont see why the idea should be “wrong”. what the manufacturers tell you and what is true are 2 completely independent things. besides: with modlarisation they could sell “2nd generation” parts with an even higher turnover, as they could develop for example storage and processor independently and advertise them independently.

  • Dan says:

    There are some cool ideas here(like the volume adjustment gimick) and some bad english.

    Lots of nay sayers but it is a concept and maybe some elements could be used in a real production phone(not the housing too much RF interference.)

  • Diana says:

    Got the Nokia 1020 from and it is awesome.

  • Amazing design for real

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