Balmuda is a Japanese company that specializes in high-end home appliances, but it just modified its image and launched its first smartphone, the Balmuda Phone.
According to the company’s CEO, Gen Terao, the idea emerged from the necessity for a compact Android-powered smartphone, as most modern gadgets are too vast and complex to use with one hand. Although the phone is partly a throwback, it might find a market if it wasn’t only sold in Japan and wasn’t so exorbitantly priced.
The Balmuda Phone is a 4.9-inch device with a 16:9 aspect ratio display and HD resolution. We don’t understand why the front camera in the upper left corner must be chopped out since there are visible frames around the show. The sensor has a resolution of 8 megapixels, which is very acceptable.
The compactness, on the other hand, was not overdone. The device is 123 mm in height, 69 mm in width, and 13.7 mm in thickness. The Balmuda Phone is also 138 grams in weight and features a curved back. Plastic was used for the outside cover.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 CPU is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage by the manufacturer to power the smartphone. A single image capture unit on the curved back with a 48-megapixel module, a fingerprint reader, and an LED flash—a 2500 mAh battery powers the Balmuda Phone, which can be charged by USB-C connection or wirelessly.
The phone uses the Android 11 operating system, with several apps and gestures added by the Japanese manufacturer. The smartphone will most likely be everything, but it will not be a mass production because it will cost approximately $916. Pre-orders began on November 17 in Japan, with the official release starting on November 26. International sales are unlikely to occur.