Balmuda is a Japanese manufacturer dealing with premium home appliances but has changed its profile somewhat and unveiled its first smartphone called Balmuda Phone. According to the need for a compact Android-powered smartphone, the idea came from the company’s CEO, Gen Terao, as most modern devices are too big and complex to use with one hand. Although the mobile is partly a quote from the past, perhaps it would have its market if it wasn’t just marketed in Japan and not poisonously expensive.
The Balmuda Phone is a 4.9-inch machine that offers Full HD resolution on a 16: 9 aspect ratio display. There are very perceptible frames around the display, so we don’t even understand why the front camera in the upper left corner of the screen had to be cut out. The sensor itself has an entirely acceptable 8-megapixel resolution. However, the compactness was not exaggerated. The device is 123 mm high, 69 mm wide, and 13.7 mm thick. The Balmuda Phone also weighs 138 grams and has a heavily curved back. The outer cover was molded from plastic.
The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chipset combined with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage by the manufacturer. There is a single image capture unit on the curved back, a 48-megapixel module complemented by a fingerprint reader, and an LED flash. The Balmuda Phone is powered by a 2500 mAh battery that can be charged via USB-C port or wirelessly.
The mobile runs the Android 11 operating system, supplemented by the Japanese manufacturer with some extra apps and gestures. The smartphone will probably be everything, but not a mass product because it will cost about 916 dollars, or about 294 thousand forints, converted from local money. Pre-order began in Japan on November 17, and official distribution will start on November 26. International sales are not to be expected