Unihertz, the maker of Jelly, world’s smallest 4G smartphone is trying to bring back the times when manufacturers weren’t incrementing the size of their devices year by year. Will it succeed, though?
Smartphones have become indispensable pieces of technology, and that also stands in underdeveloped countries. Users who can’t afford buying the latest and the greatest flagships often have to make compromises in terms of hardware or OS. Jelly is here to do away with such compromises, while also taking home the title of the world’s smallest 4G smartphone.
While some of the recent offerings give people trouble fitting them in any pocket, Jelly is happy to call the small pocket of your jeans – home. Read on to find out what else sets Jelly apart from the crowd!
At a first glance, Jelly seems to have been created for a female audience, since its design could be characterized as “small and cute.” Despite measuring only 92.3mm x 43mm x 13.3mm, this smartphone is quite capable, being able to please a far wider audience. Not only does it feature a quad-core CPU running at 1.1Ghz, but it also includes gyroscope, compass and GPS sensors, so you can run all sorts of apps. Jelly has two cameras, a 2MP one in the front and an 8MP in the back. As for the display, it measures 2.45-inch across and has a resolution of 240×432 pixels. That’s not extraordinary, but for a backup 4G smartphone, it’s more than just enough.
Two versions of Jelly will be available, the only difference between them being the amount of RAM and storage.
The regular Jelly comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, while Jelly Pro doubles both values. In terms of colors, both versions will be available in Pearl White, Sky Blue and Space Black.
Jelly’s battery manages to surprise, as well. According to the manufacturer, the 950mAh that it packs should be able to keep the smartphone up and running for up to 3 days. The standby time, on the other hand, is of up to 7 days.
These numbers are particularly great if you intend to use Jelly as a lightweight backup phone, and not as your main one. On top of all that, this smartphone has a replaceable battery, something that other manufacturers seem to have forgotten how to do.
Under the battery, Jelly packs three slots – two for nano SIM cards working on 12 different LTE bands, and one for microSD. Given the latter, the device’s storage can be expanded by up to 256GB. Since it most certainly features a 3.5mm jack, that means you’ll be able to take a rather impressive music library with you wherever you go.
One of the most impressive feats is that Jelly will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. That’s something that even established phone makers have a hard time doing. Unihertz claims that it will be capable to run any app, but in all fairness, there are some that demand a screen resolution higher than Jelly’s.
Price and Availability
Jelly is currently featured on Kickstarter, where Unihertz intended to raise $30,000 to bring it into mass production. Given the novelty factor, it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that the campaign raised more than 20 times that amount since it started. In fact, the project reached the funding goal in 57 minutes, and ten times that 48 hours and 3,000+ backers later. According to Kicktraq, if the current average daily pledges stay like that, the campaign is trending towards an amount of $2.6M, which is crazy to think of.
In terms of pricing, Jelly starts at $79 for the Kickstarter Special, while the Jelly Pro is $95. Various packages containing two, three or even ten smartphones can be secured by pledging the respective amounts. People wanting an extra battery will have to pledge $9 more, while an armband and case such as the ones pictured above require an additional pledge of $10. The smartphone can be ordered in any of the three available colors and will be shipped in August 2017. If you’re looking to own Jelly, world’s smallest 4G smartphone, your only worry remains, naturally, not to lose it.
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