You may have heard of the Light Phone before. The original device was finally released last year(2017) and was as distraction-free as phones get – it made calls and stored nine phone numbers. That’s it.
Making the new Nokia 8110 4G looks positively futuristic by comparison, it was a neat idea and especially attractive as a second phone for things like going on holiday with, to our eye.
Now, its successor the Light Phone 2 is up for backing on Indiegogo and it adds a few more ‘advanced’ features like 4G, an E-Ink touchscreen, and texting. Light also says they’re looking at basic app support for things like maps, music, and ride-hailing, but it’s still a pretty minimalist affair.
The phone is available for early backers at $225, with a planned final price of $400. If that seems like you’re not getting very much bang for your buck, then it’s probably because you’re not – that’s the point, but it won’t be for everyone at that price point.
Light claims that April 2019 is the Light Phone 2’s projected release date, but as this is crowdfunding, that’s highly subject to change (the first Light phone being delayed by nearly a year), and all the usual backer caveats apply.