Year 2019. The main mobile manufacturers fight to launch the most complete, most powerful mobile phone, capable of replacing cameras and even computers on certain occasions and at the same time trying to achieve the mobile bargain, cutting price and performance. And in that context appears Mudita Pure, a mobile just to call but not for that economic.
The nuance we do today is very necessary; as we say, mobile phones become work tools and even in the era of "dumbphone" (not "smart", now called "feature phone"). And in this case the idea is that it has the minimum benefits, with a minimalist design and electronic ink display, although with a plus: a timer for meditation.
Calls and messages for a medical price
From this we have a history, both on the side of launching a micromanagement initiative (Kikstarter) and trying a mobile with a high price for disconnection. In 2016 we saw something very similar to the Light Phone, which almost looked more like a calculator and that, promising to be worth 100 dollars, in the end it also stays at 350 dollars (and that still has fewer benefits).
The initiative also went ahead with the support of small investors as has happened in this case, in fact they managed reach 90,000 euros in minutes as Sergio Efe commented. The proposal of Mudita Pure: a mobile with the minimum, not even color screen, to communicate and try to relax, but without giving up a studied design and good sound (on paper).
The mobile has a monochrome electronic ink display of 2.84 inches, with a resolution of 600 x 480 pixels and a density of 270 pixels per inch. It has a physical keyboard (numbers and cursor) and a button similar to that of the OnePlus for sound, but in this case it is to select availability: connected, do not disturb (connect to the network promptly) or disconnected.
No neural processing units, numerous cores or other features of the most powerful modern processors. In this case, the CPU consists of a 600 MHz Cortex-M7 ARM with 16 MB of RAM (not a typo) and 16 GB of eMMC flash storage.
What they get is chest bands, so that there are no connectivity problems to change zones and work globally. And of battery, since they promise an autonomy of up to 5 days with normal use and 14 at rest.
Curious the matter of audio, since it does not integrate audio jack but it is a Harman speaker. The operating system is not Android, they have called it MuditaOS and it is similar to the old Nokia Symbian or the current KaiOS, although much more limited by the purpose of this mobile (neither the Snake nor any other game) and with that timer for the meditation that we pointed out.
Force yourself to meditate
The proposal is striking and questionable: Is there a potential public for a product that has the same cost as a complete mid-range and offers less than a current feature phone (the Nokia 8110 came out for 79 euros)? Seeing that the wake of the Light Phone follows and that they have achieved their collection goal it seems that yes, so the formula of luxury and minimalism has its followers, perhaps some famous as Scarlett Johansonn or Rihanna (who have used mobiles of this type looking for the minimum connection).
In fact, seeing how that proposal seems to be working and that the Light also managed to go on sale, it seems that the key is combine the minimum, minimal with a striking design. Maybe that's why the extra Runcible didn't go so well, that although he was going to leave for a price of 400 dollars, he had a color screen.
Of course, for meditation and relaxation we can also help a smartphone with an app or with systems such as Digital Wellbeing or Time of use, if we do not have enough willpower to stop using it. On the other hand, we can take advantage of the scientific "study" that suits us and go for a drink with a good friend, which is apparently as useful as meditation.