Portal phablet is wearable, has a bendable 6-inch screen
We’ve all heard or seen Apple’s new iPhone 6’s unfortunate bendable quality stirring up a wave a discussion recently. However, San Francisco startup Arubixs has designed a flexible screened phablet device called Portal that is actually supposed to bend in your pocket.
The “flexible, shatterproof, water resistant and wearable” smartphone is currently undergoing crowdfunding on Indiegogo. No joke, by wearable, the company literally means strapping the 6-inch device onto the user’s forearm. Designed for those with an active lifestyle, Portal comes with a dual-strap arm cradle which means that users can wear their smartphones around whilst cycling, sailing or even parachuting.
“Current wearable offerings and even the new Apple Watch are just too small to text on or do anything really practical. This is not just a wearable. It’s a smartphone you can wear. So when the phone is not in the cradle its just a thin 6-inch smartphone that’s flexible, water resistant, and shatterproof,” founder of Arubixs, Brandon Mairs, told CNET.
The device is built entirely around the flexibility of the screen, unlike those smartphones with a curved display such as the new Galaxy Note Edge. To prove that the handset is not just a gimmick, Arubixs has actually packed some pretty decent specs into Portal. The 6-inch handset comes with a scratch-resistant display reinforced by a flexible Kevlar exterior. It features 2GB RAM, four cameras, 64GB of storage, a 3,200mAh battery, 4G, NFC, wireless charging and a full suite of sensors. However, the CPU has yet been announced at this stage.
Portal runs on a skinned version of Android and can respond to touch, gesture and motion-based commands. It is available via the campaign starting at $349 (£214), shipping sometime next September. The company is also said to be working on a smaller 4-inch model which will be introduced in early 2016. You can check out the background and full view of the device in the video below.