At the MWC 2018, Ikimobile showcased a unique smartphone at their booth, the Ikimobile BLESSPLUS comes with a unique design and has a cork back. This design not just improves the aesthetic appearance of the device but also provides several functionally use cases.
We had a chance to talk to the product team there and it was interesting how the use of cork makes sense in more than one way.
The device not just comes with a beautiful design but has enough specs to back the deal, the smartphone is powered by the MediaTek Helio P20 processor and has 6 GB RAM, the internal storage on the device is 64GB which can be further expanded via a microSD card. The display on the Ikimobile BLESSPLUS is an 18:9 aspect ratio display with a screen size of 5.99-inches having a resolution of FullHD+.
The battery on the device is a 3800mAh battery that supports wireless charging and fast charging technology. The charging of the device is a via a Type-C port and the device supports the dual camera on the rear that is a combination of two 13MP cameras one of which is a telephoto lens. Both the sensor of the rear camera is a f/1.8 aperture lens and the front camera is a 5MP camera.
The company stresses the eco-friendly nature of the Ikimobile BLESSPLUS and also talks about how this new material choice help makes the device sturdier and reduces the damage of an impact. This material choice also helps improve the waste-management factor as the back of the device that is made up of cork is completely reusable and recyclable. The device also gains the shock absorbing ability due to the cork material that is used, the company lost no chance to showcase this feature by frequently dropping the device at their booth.
Portugal, the country where Ikimobile produces its phones, is where a lot of Cork trees are found in the forests and these trees can produce cork for 9 years. The company says that they use the raw material and no unnatural products are used to make the back of the phone, and except for only a few parts that are sourced from China, most of it is produced in Portugal and the phone is manufactured there itself.
The device comes in three color variants, black and two shades of brown wood. The company while talking about the new material being used explained how their processing of the cork material helps it endure and retain its characteristic for up to 50 years. The device runs on Android 7 Nougat and the pre-orders have already started on the website and the device will be going for sale for € 359.99.