the Balmuda Phone is an unusual phone with a unique design by 2021 standards: it has a 4.9-inch screen and a curved back which the company says makes the compact phone easy to hold in the palm of your hand. It is also a fairly expensive phone: it is on sale in Japan this week for 104,800 (around $ 914).
Available in black or white, the Balmuda phone features a plastic casing measuring 123 x 69 x 13.7 (4.84 “x 2.72” x 0.54 “) and weighs 138 grams (4.9 ounces), which makes it positively small by modern smartphone standards.
With a 4.9-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display, it should still have enough screen space for most activities, and the phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage are similar to what you would get from a Google Pixel 5a.
The Balmuda phone supports 5G (in Japan), WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC networks and has an IPX4 water resistance rating.
Other features include 48 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera, rear fingerprint sensor, 2500mAh battery, USB Type-C port with support for USB PD 3.0 fast charging .
The phone also supports wireless charging. The phone comes with Android 11 software and a customized user interface.
While you can certainly find phones with similar specs at lower prices, there’s nothing quite like the Balmuda phone available in terms of screen size and design. Only you can answer the question of whether it’s worth paying a big premium … but it’s also something that probably only matters if you are in Japan at the moment, because it doesn’t is not clear whether the Balmuda phone will one day be available elsewhere.