As smartphone technology continues to advance, some manufacturers are seeking new ways to maximize device performance by removing excess and unnecessary features. Here to keep your device as minimally functional as possible is the Blloc smartphone.

The Blloc’s power-saving operating system, via a display feature called “the Root,” compiles all of your most relevant information and apps into a monochrome on-screen grid, which on first viewing resembles a goth take on HTC’s now discontinued Windows Phones. The overall aim is to make your phone less of a constant distraction.

Developed in Germany, the device comes with a 5.5-inch LCD display, backed by a 3100 mAh capacity quick-charging battery, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of storage with additional SD card support. Additional features include a 13-megapixel camera that can shoot 4k video at 30fps, Bluetooth 4.0, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB-C connection port. Currently in beta, the Blloc phone is available to pre-order for €359 (approximately $420) with more information available at Blloc’s site below.

What are your thoughts on the minimal Blloc phone? Would you cop one?

In other design news, Bang & Olufsen has unveiled its luxe 4K OLED TV and matching speaker. Check it out here.

Words by Candice Nembhard
Staff Writer

A Berlin-based gal from Brum.