A tiny, cheap phone from Kickstarter

by Haadi Bakar
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Tired of smartphones getting bigger, more expensive and bloated with gimmicks? Then you might be interested in becoming a backer for this new Kickstarter project.

Jelly is the world’s smallest smartphone with a tiny 2.45 inch screen. That’s smaller than the first iPhone back in 2007.

The size of the Jelly is similar to the early days of Nokia and Sony-Ericsson phones, so it’s going to be ultraportable and a lot easier to use with one hand. It’s so small you can even toss it in a coin pocket.

And yet, Jelly is a modern touch-screen smartphone running Android Nougat that supports 4G LTE speeds.

Aside from the size, Jelly is all about simplicity. It’s not aimed to take on the expensive flagships which are continuously competing for better quality displays, faster processors and advanced camera tech.

Jelly is powered by a quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex A52 chipset, and has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage for the base model. The pro version doubles the RAM and storage capacity.

The Jelly’s 240×432-pixel resolution screen won’t be a huge drain on the phone’s tiny 950 mAh battery. Expect the phone to last for about three days of average use and up to seven days of standby time, something that we’ve come to miss from the Nokia phones era.  The battery is swappable too!

The phone also comes equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2MP front camera when you need them.

Jelly is also going to be a very cheap smartphone once it’s ready for market, starting at US$109 (around B$160). And if you sign up as a Kickstarter backer, you can get one for as low as US$79 (B$110).

With such a tiny touch-screen to work on, the Jelly might not be for everyone. But with that sweet low price, who could resist getting one? It makes for a great backup phone, and it’s also pretty darn cute.

Many phone companies these days aren’t making phones this size. The Jelly could help revitalise the trend.


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