It’s no secret that we all spend too much time on our phones. With the amount of apps and functions at your fingertips, most of the time, they’re nothing but distracting. A few start-ups have attempted to take on this distraction but have always done so by ridding the phone of its useful aspects. Well, one minimalist smartphone which may have struck a balance is the Blloc.
The Blloc smartphone, which is currently a beta model, uses a power-saving OS and pairs it up with a straightforward, minimalist interface and messaging platform. Blloc OS is custom built on top of Android 8.1, and is all about simplifying your dialogues and interactions by unifying all your application scattered exchanges into a single timeline.
It’s called ‘the Root,’ and it pulls in all the relevant and important aspects of your phone and pulls it into a black and white scheme. Emails, Spotify, checking the weather or ordering an Uber, it all happens in one place, the Root. Instead of fragmented conversations, Blloc is aiming for continuity and fluidity.
Not only is the new OS designed for aesthetics, it also allows you to reduce battery consumption to a minimal level. But if you do want to see things in full colour and not purely monochrome, ‘Colour Touch’ makes browsing the web or enjoying your photos in vivid colours easy.
The camera, as it happens, uses a 13 mega-pixel sensor and can even shoot 4K video at 30fps, while the phone features a 5.5-inch LCD display (with 421ppi), and comes with 4GB RAM memory, a 3100 mAh capacity battery with fast charging enabled, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB Type C connection.
The beta version of the Blloc smartphone is available to pre-order now over at the Blloc Website for around £315 (€359).
Another minimalist’s dream with fewer functions, earlier this year the Light Phone 2 was launched.