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This crowdfunded phone offers four year warranty, flat repair rates

Many phones offer a one or two year warranty, but this crowdfunded company is going even further than that.

Published onJanuary 8, 2020

The TeraCube 1 phone held in a hand showing the front.

Most smartphones these days offer a one or maybe two year warranty, but the team behind the Teracube One smartphone think they can do a lot better.

The Teracube One, set to ship later this month, differentiates itself from other devices by offering a whopping four year warranty on the phone (provided you cover the shipping costs if you’re outside the US). The premise seems to have proven successful at this tentative stage, scoring over $125,000 on Kickstarter and surpassing its $25,000 goal.

The team is sweetening the deal even further by offering a $39 flat fee for repairs due to accidental damage, including screen repairs and water damage. Furthermore, Teracube says it’ll offer free battery replacements throughout the four year warranty period (provided that it’s degraded enough). And once your phone is out of warranty, you’ll need to splash out $39 for a new battery.

Teracube’s team is also targeting three years of Android version updates (in addition to security updates), but we’ll have to wait and see for now.

“For the next version, we have plans to make it modular,” giving the example of a removable battery and an easier way to swap out charging ports.

Still, the first device is pretty respectable when it comes to design. You’ve got a glass back that’s definitely a fingerprint magnet, along with a rear fingerprint scanner and an iPhone 7 Plus-style dual camera layout. Those on the hunt for a full screen display will be disappointed with the P20 Pro-style cutout here, but at least it’s not as wide as the iPhone X.

The Teracube One is squarely in budget territory when checking the spec sheet. You’ve got a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset that has since been surpassed by other mid-range SoCs, as well as a 3,300mAh battery. But you’ve also got a respectable 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which should suffice for multitasking and those who store tons of media and games on their devices.

Other noteworthy specs include a 12MP+5MP rear camera setup, an 8MP front-facing sensor, NFC, and a headphone port. We briefly got to play with the cameras, and thought picture quality indoors was solid but nothing special at this price-point. Still, you probably won’t run into trouble if all you need are photos for social media.

The phone is shipping from this month, and will be available at a normal price of $349. However, you can claim a special price of $249 via IndieGogo, making it a reasonable purchase for the specs (and warranty).

Would you spend a little extra on a phone with a much longer warranty? Give us your thoughts below!

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