Light Phone 2: Why would you pay $400 for such a device?

The Light Phone 2 is a feature phone that can handle calls and text messages. It is designed to be used as little as possible. The idea behind it is to allow you to leave behind your smartphone, so you can libe a less distracted life. Why the heck does it cost $400?

The original Light Phone lacks everything you would want in a typical phone: apps, e-mail, text messaging, multimedia support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, camera, or even a screen to display text. And it cost $150, which is pricey enough for such limited functionality.

Features Of The Light Phone 2

The Light Phone 2 improves on its predecessor and will support text messaging (SMS), an alarm clock, and 4G LTE, in addition to phone calls. The display is a simple black and white matte affair. The manufacturer also says that the ability to get “a ride home” via a ride sharing partnership may be included in the phone, “if it makes sense”.

New features on the Light Phone 2 include: a custom high resolution E-Ink screen, larger microphone and speaker, USB-C, proximity sensor and the up and down buttons.

Other features that are yet to be confirmed include Bluetooth, an aluminum casing, and waterproofing.

Light Phone 2 Specifications (Proposed)

  • Material: Anodized Aluminum
  • Weight: 80g (estimation)
  • Dimensions: 91mm x 55mm x 6.5-7.5mm
  • Colour: Black/White
  • OS: LightOS (modified Android)
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, Wifi, GPS
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Platform
  • RAM: 1 GB DDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Sensor: Proximity
  • Battery: 500mAh
  • Display: E-Ink
  • SIM Card: Nano SIM
  • Connector: USB-C
  • Miscellaneous: Vibrator, Loud Speaker, Headset jack
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Light Phone 2

There will be three variants of the phone, each optimized for 3 different regions of the planet. Model A: (bands 2, 4, 12, 13, 17) will support North America and South America (excluding Brazil & Chile).

Model B: (bands 1, 3, 7, 20, 28) will support Europe, The Middle East, Australia & New Zealand, Brazil & Chile
South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya.

Model C: (bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8) will support Asia (now works with Japan, Korea & Singapore).

This very basic phone will cost $400, which is more than some flagships cost these days. If you are one of the supporters, you can get it for $300 (visit the Indiegogo page HERE). The Light Phone 2 will begin shipping by April 2019.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

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