Jan 10 AT 2:01 PM Dima Aryeh 13 Comments

ZTE shows off new modular smartphone concept called the Eco-Mobius

ZTE modular

One of the newest trends to hit mobile is the modular smartphone. It  started with Phonebloks, a device that was made up of various pieces that were stuck to a main board. Motorola then adopted this idea and worked with the people behind Phonebloks to create Project Ara, which is the same concept but supported by Motorola’s decades of experience in mobile. Now it looks like another competitor has emerged.

The ZTE Eco-Mobius follows the same basic idea as Phonebloks and Project Ara. The device is split into four interchangeable parts: the display, the core (which includes processor, RAM and such), the camera and the battery. ZTE already has a prototype built, but it was kept behind at CES so that no one could touch it. It looks surprisingly sleek for a modular prototype.

ZTE says it’s also creating a platform for people to buy, sell and trade modules for these products. This would make upgrading and customizing your device much easier when Eco-Mobius launches, which ZTE says could happen within two years. That’s an exciting prospect. Do you think modular phones are the future? Leave a comment!

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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