While traditional smartphones have rectangular screens, one manufacturer wanted to design a new device with a circular screen that has some strengths, but costs a lot more than an iPhone.
CES 2022 was an opportunity for many manufacturers to present rather unconventional products. This is for example the case of BMW which unveiled the iX Flow SUV which can change color, or ASUS which lifted the veil on a laptop with a foldable screen, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED.
The show was also an opportunity to see the first smartphone in the shape of a circle, the Cyrcle Phone 2.0. It was the subject of a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter last fall, and the first models have already been produced. The least we can say is that the smartphone does nothing like the others.
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What do we know about Cyrcle Phone 2.0?
Despite its oval design, the smartphone is wider than any recent smartphone, being 130mm high, 103mm wide and no less than 22mm thick. Despite its enormous size, the screen is relatively small. Indeed, it only measures 3.45 inch. This is a IPS LCD display with a definition of only 800 x 800 pixels. In addition, the Cyrcle Phone 2.0 is powered by a removable 2000mAh battery.
The smartphone is nowhere near as powerful as a recent device. The manufacturer dTOOR INC does not specify exactly which processor is used, but the smartphone is presumably powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon. This one is supported by 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and per 32 GB of EMMC storage. With these technical characteristics worthy of a low-end smartphone from a few years ago, it will take itself content with android 10.
While most 2021 smartphones are ditching the jack, the Cyrcle Phone 2.0 does the opposite. Indeed, the smartphone offers 2 jacks on each side of the device. We even find one USB-C port, one USB-B port as well as a location to expand storage with a SD card. On the photo side, the smartphone uses a single 13 MP sensor on the back, and the same 13 MP sensor on the front for selfies.
Although the smartphone is far from rivaling any current model, the Cyrcle Phone 2.0 is more expensive than an iPhone 13. Indeed, it will be marketed at $ 999, and the first copies should be delivered in September 2022.