Sony XTRUD concept Android smartphone would let users perform hardware upgrades

June 28, 2013

Sony XTRUD concept

A designer proposes an out-of-the-box Android smartphone design, which would let the user easily upgrade various internal components, replace broken parts, but also personalize the overall appearance of the hadnset.

The Sony XTRUD, imagined by designer Francois Rybarczyk, is the device in question, one that would certainly be appreciated by those Android handset buyers that would love to take tinkering with their smartphone to the next level.

What Rybarczyk offers us is a concept sort of similar to what early Moto X phone rumors suggested, that the handset will have user customizable hardware. But the XTRUD would continue to be upgraded once new components are available.

The Sony XTRUD would let users actually perform their own upgrades as time passes by, in order for their device to stay relevant in terms of hardware, but also in terms of software – after all, having the latest hardware ensures that an “old device” would still be updated to the latest Android version.

Users would also be able to change the color of their XTRUD handset, although they’d be stuck with the same overall phone design for years – assuming that’s not a problem for most people.

The XTRUD would feature an easily accessible modular system that would let users swap old displays, batteries, cameras and maybe even mainboards to newer versions, without spending a lot of cash on a new smartphone purchase. The device would be made of aluminum or plastic and would feature a thin profile.

Rybarczyk imagines a starting price for the handset at $199 – presumably without a contract – although I’m sure that neither OEMs nor carriers would be interested in selling such devices to customers, because they’d lose out on a lot of smartphone sales each year even though they could end up selling plenty of components.

That said, the concept handset does look interesting– and we’ll add that it does remind us of certain Nokia design lines when looking at it, even though Sony is the targeted company here. We’re certainly hoping some OEMs are paying attention; after all, who knows what the future may hold in terms of smartphone design?

Comments

  • DanDingello

    I am not that technical but I think doing this on your own would be tedious. Imagine finding shops where these parts might be sold. zzzzZZzz

  • DanDingello

    I am not that technical but I think doing this on your own would be tedious. Imagine finding shops where these parts might be sold. zzzzZZzz

  • Marco Sobrevilla

    That would actually seem interesting but if it does happen I don’t expect it to become available for a long time.

  • Marco Sobrevilla

    That would actually seem interesting but if it does happen I don’t expect it to become available for a long time.

  • rodpe

    No no no, SONY… Big batteries! Big Batteries ! That’s all we want!

    • MasterMuffin

      Just a fan concept

    • Rockwell mellow

      Yessss

  • DidNaziThatComing

    handsets*

  • sourabh

    that design is just amazing.i LOVE that volume knob at the bottom of the phone

  • ash71ish

    What an idea sir ji.

  • APai

    hmm, although I love the idea since I have been assembling my PCs forever now, I am not too sure if this is feasible. for starters, sony should make their phones with removable battery :) hello, sony, do you hear us ?

  • Ivan Myring

    Ugly!
    Also… Why report a concept. Its what someone wants, not what will happen.

  • ken

    No one will do this but I LOVE the design. I really want one even if it’s not user upgradeable.
    Of course as a nerd and longtime pc tech I also want one with upgradeable hardware but let’s be realistic here.
    And to target SONY? Remember Beta? MemoryStick? Sony always tries to proprietize things which should be standard – why would they bother to offer something of this sort? If the designer thinks that Sony needs this to save their Ericcson or XPERIA line – they are SONY… they don’t need either line.

  • Mike Bastable

    concepts are fun on their own merits. This is clever….but, people like to have new phones every two years it seems, so this would be an epic fail if launched.

  • Justin Rebar

    I love it, you can get exactly want YOU want in YOUR phone.

  • roiji

    I’d buy it if the base model is a bit mid-high end :)

  • Leonardo Rojas

    Brand new components in a ever the same and ageing case?
    No thanks. I hope this idea dies here or a disaster will happen.
    Even a one time user customisable device is not that appealing since there aren’t many options to customize.

    The most appealing things to customize that I can think of are: size and COLOR!
    Size and color are more personal, I think. What do you guys think?

  • pator

    very good.
    I love FREEDOM & CHOICE. that’s the true meaning of Android phone.

    you can set up the phone exactly the way you like.
    buy only components you need.
    personalize it to reflect the way you are.

  • Bruno Rosa // TaRuGo

    Too good to be true. :/

  • simpleas

    I first heard this concept like a year ago. Why not.

  • nishantsirohi123

    There was a feature phone called Modu-T that had somewhat similar concept

    It has replacable panels for different activities like a waterproof one with music controls for exercise

    qwerty panel for messaging and so on