Smartphones are pivotal to our day to day activities. They help us in many ways, but too often they become a time-consuming burden we carry with us all the time. Due to this, Mudita addressed this problem, through designing Mudita Pure phone. The Mudita Pure phone has a minimalist design for simple living. The company says:
”Designing Mudita Pure was a challenge. The more simple and clean we made the design, the more difficult it was to manufacture. It took us around 18 months to find the final look and included the creation of more than 40 different proposals. Yeah, yeah, maybe we overdid it. What can we say, we are perfectionists.”
The inspiration for the phone was taken from Japanese and Scandinavian design traditions combining ZEN aesthetics with nature itself.
It offers a 2.84’’ e-ink display (600 x 480, PPI of 270, supporting 16-grayscale ), helping it avoid blue light emissions, and it has a simple design that is meant to make it resemble a stone. There’s no Internet, but the phones’ module supports all currently used generations: 2G, 3G and LTE standards at the same time. One key feature of the phone is the meditation timer, which helps you “focus on the present moment” says the company. The Meditation Timer comes with customizable session lengths and statistics. This is a simple, but very useful feature for all meditation and yoga enthusiasts. The meditation process starts and ends with a pleasant deep, soft gong. The phone has three modes of operation, which include: No Distractions (to switch off all the notifications), Whitelist (allowing only your favorite contacts to reach you) and Message Only (to stay connected but with limited distractions).
The Mudita Pure phone has its own OS called MuditaOS.
”We developed our own dedicated operating system (MuditaOS) and chose the open-source, real-time operating system kernel FreeRTOS®️ as our starting point. Optimized for the hardware, it makes Pure fast and power-efficient, with a boot time of just 5 seconds.”
The phone’s built-in apps include a music player, a notes tool, a calculator, alarms, and a calendar. The phone features a Harman loudspeaker, which provides high quality and natural sound both in quiet and loud environments, essential for enjoying hands-free conversations, your favorite tunes or audiobooks. Mudita says:
”Our dedicated OS features super-efficient power management. With an E-Ink display that only consumes battery when the content needs to be changed and practically none with data transmission. We’re still testing the best solutions, but our estimated battery capacity is around 1900mAh.”
GSM module for the phone covers Europe, North and South America, Australia, Africa, and Asia. Two nano SIM card slots are available, enabling switching between cards on the go. This enables you to use local SIM cards when abroad, while your home country SIM card stays securely in the phone instead of somewhere else, and can be activated anytime you need it, for example for wire transfers. Mudita Pure can also serve as a data modem for your notebook or desktop computer.
”We decided to enable tethering via USB C cable so that Pure can be used as an external GSM modem.”
The phone runs on an ARM Cortex-M7 600MHz with 16 MB SDRAM and 16 GB eMMC flash storage. It measures at 143.9mm by 59.13mm, with a thickness of 14.49mm.
Mudita Pure is designed to reduce SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) value as much as possible, without compromising on the signal strength.
”In order to achieve this, we’ve made our antenna with in-house shielding, using patented technology that we developed.”
Back in October, the phone raised more than £400,000 on crowdfunding websites, and the phone will likely cost around $300, with shipping to start in April 2020. For more information on the Mudita Pure phone, click here, for the spec list, click here.