A new do-it-yourself modular smartphone will soon be launching via Kickstarter in the form of the Kite, which allows you to assemble your very own smartphone using a display, camera, battery, antennas and other features you may require all enclosed in a 3D printed case. The modular smartphone is powered by the KiteBoard development Board and the Kite modular smartphone kits are expected to launch via Kickstarter sometime next month during April 2018.
Each kit will be priced at around $299 and you will need a few electronic skills to be able to solder each component into place. However each kit comes with all the electronics you require, although you will need to 3D print your own case. Case designs will be made available to download if you have access to a 3D printer. Check out the video below to learn more about the Kite modular smartphone.
The KiteBoard development board showcased in the video measures approximately 2.8 x 2 inches in size and is equipped with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor with Adreno 306 graphics supported by 1GB of LPDDR3-533 MHz RAM which can be upgraded to 2 GB if required and includes 16GB of eMMC storage. The modular smartphone will also feature a 5 inch touchscreen display offering users a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 12 megapixel camera and connectivity provided by 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS antenna all powered by a rechargeable 3,000 mAh battery.
The Kite modular smartphone has been designed to run Google’s Android operating system and will support Android Nougat at launch but the development team responsible for the smartphone design are also researching the possibility of switching to Android Oreo in the near future. As soon as the Kickstarter campaign goes live we will keep you up-to-date as always.