Forget the iPhone X — this Japanese company created a super-simple £67 phone

The NichePhone-S.

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The NichePhone-S.
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As smartphones keep evolving with features like advanced facial recognition systems and machine learning-powered cameras, some are looking to take things back to simpler times.

As per a report coming from Engadget Japan (which we saw via The Verge), FutureModel, a Japanese electronics firm, is releasing its new NichePhone-S – a device that will only make calls, send texts, and play some music.

The NichePhone-S essentially looks like the rough blend of a modern smartphone with an old-school calculator, and its size is barely bigger than a credit card.

The handset is seemingly running with Android 4.2 onboard (a version that dates back to 2012), but the interface seen in the official introduction video only shows a clock, so it’s unclear what (if anything) is buried in the phone’s system.

The NichePhone-S'

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The NichePhone-S’ “hybrid” design, blending a modern smartphone-looking top with a calculator-like bottom.
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The device will apparently be capable of a few more things, however, such as recording voice memos and pairing with Bluetooth earphones – just don’t expect traditional apps to run on it.

There’s also a good chance you might not be able to get your hands on the 10,000 yen ($88/£67) NichePhone-S at all, as it will only come to Japan when it launches this Friday (November 10).

You can watch FutureModel’s video below: