Modu launch world's lightest mobile phone in the UK

Modu modular handset breaks records in UK launch

The world’s lightest mobile phone has left its Israeli home and launched in the UK in the form of the miniscule Modu 1 handset.

The modular device, which measures just 72.1mm (H) x 37.6mm (W) x 7.8mm (D), has appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for its tiny proportions and is now available in the UK for the first time, exclusive available SIM-free on retail site Purely Gadgets.

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Due to its size, the Modu 1 phone sports just seven buttons in its standalone state. However, through a scroll and select button method and 2GB of internal storage, in its basic form the Modu 1 still allows users to send and receive calls, texts and operate the in-built MP3 player.

Reminiscent of the Nokia handsets from yesteryear with their interchangeable fascias, and with a similar level of functionality, the Modu 1 is available with a number of additional interchangeable handset 'jackets'. Ranging from the vibrant and patterned ‘express jacket’ to the more refined ‘shiny jacket’, the Modu can be transformed for personal taste and preference.

The additional jackets also allow a number of new functions can be added to the otherwise featureless device.  Through the ‘night jacket’ a 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash can be added to the modular device whilst the ‘sport jacket’ adds a pedometer and timer via an armband attachment.

Although the Modu’s price doesn’t live up to its tiny structure, £129.99 for the handset with each additional jacket costing between £30 and £50, and its features list is devastatingly sparse, the device does bring an intriguing new concept to an otherwise stagnant basic mobile market.

Teased at the launch of the Modu 1 was the next device being readied by the Israeli manufacturors, the Modu T, the world’s smallest touchscreen mobile.

Tiny step forward of gimmick? Let us know what you think of the Modu 1 via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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