For a while now, every new cellphone released comes equipped with more technology than the devices that came before it. Remember when all a phone did was make and receive calls? Those were the days.
Now, though, we are carrying miniature computers in our pockets, with phones not only making and receiving calls but texting, video chatting, emailing, internet browsing, tweeting and posting, too. Really, they do so much now that it's really fun to wonder what more they may be capable of in the future.
At least one manufacturer is taking on the challenge of creating the next big thing, and what they are betting on is that you will want...less. That's right, one of the newest phones on the market is actually a downgrade, technologically speaking.
Going old school
We probably should have seen it coming. As more attention is given to our online privacy or lack thereof, you had to figure there would be some level of push back against the increasingly digital and connected world.
Technology giant Samsung's newest phone is the "Galaxy J2 Pro," which will cost about $185. For now, it's only being released in South Korea (if it's a hit I'm sure we'll see it here). Marketed to students and senior citizens, its appeal will be in its lack of cellular data connectivity.
That's right, no 3G, 4G, no LTE and no Wi-Fi. Without those, there will also not be any connection to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, music streaming or any other app that relies on data. Absolutely no internet access.
In other words, no distractions and zero reason to be concerned about privacy or data breaches courtesy of your phone. (I'm sure telemarketers will still get through).
What the phone does have
That's not to say the Galaxy J2 Pro is without features, as it has a 5-inch qHD AMOLED display with a 1.4 GHz quad-core chip, 1.5 GB of RAM and a microSD card storage slot. It also has an 8-megapixel camera on its back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front.
In all, it's clear what the goal behind this phone is. Similar to a car with manual locks and windows, the fewer bells and whistles present, the less that can break and go wrong.
The thing is, will people want it? As previously noted, this phone is not expected to go into widespread circulation. The concept behind it could, however, especially as concerns and fears over privacy grow.
Where we once wanted our phones to do as much as possible, could we now be headed for a world where less is more desirable? Samsung is not exactly betting on that being the case, but it appears they are willing to at least dip their toes in the water to see how it feels.
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