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The Unihertz Atom takes the concept of a miniature smartphone and cranks it to 11

If all goes well, the Unihertz Atom smartphone will arrive at backers' doorsteps sometime in October for less than $300 outright.

Published onJune 6, 2018

Unihertz Atom smartphone
  • Unihertz kicked off its Kickstarter campaign for the Atom, the follow-up to last year’s Jelly.
  • Much like the Jelly, the Atom is a miniature Android smartphone.
  • Even though the Atom is thicker and heavier than its predecessor, it packs more features and significant upgrades.

How much can you fit in a smartphone as big as the palm of the average hand? Unihertz set out to answer that question with the Jelly, and the company is back to provide a more rugged answer in the Atom.

As with the Jelly, the Atom’s main draw is its ultra-portable design. The 2.45-inch display might only feature a weak 432 x 240 resolution, but the Atom is a phone that is only 1.7 inches wide and 3.7 inches tall. We’re talking small, people.

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Whereas the Jelly was a svelte 0.5 inches and weighed 0.13 pounds, the Atom features a thicker 0.7-inch profile and weighs 0.23 pounds. We usually see smartphone manufacturers go the thinner and lighter route with follow-up devices, but the Atom is thicker for a very good reason: superior internals.

Under the hood, the Atom sports an octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in storage, and a 2,000mAh battery. The phone’s IP68 rating for dust and water resistance helps keep the internals nice and dry. Around front are two capacitive keys and a fingerprint sensor, while the selfie and rear cameras come in at 8MP and 16MP, respectively.

On the right side and below the power button is a programmable key that can be assigned to any function. Take notes, Samsung and LG.

The Atom even includes NFC, a USB Type-C port, and a headphone jack. Finally, the Atom runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and features 4G LTE connectivity.

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For a phone that takes up less space than your typical wallet, the Atom includes more goodies than certain flagship smartphones that are significantly more expensive. It will definitely not sway those who use the latest and greatest to switch, but the Atom could make for an enticing secondary smartphone.

If you want to take the plunge, the Atom is available through Kickstarter for $219. That price jumps to $299 once the campaign ends and hopefully gets the phone in backers’ hands sometime in October.

Every Kickstarter campaign features some sort of risk, though Unihertz already has a very successful Jelly campaign under its belt. Also, the current campaign already garnered over $500,000 with 34 days to go.

You can check out the Unihertz Atom’s Kickstarter campaign at the link below.

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