Most of today’s smartphones follow a familiar design: clamp the thinnest casing with the narrowest bezels possible around a large display. Jelly is not like most smartphones.
It’s also not a real phone yet, but its makers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to turn their concept into a real device. Jelly’s screen measures just 2.45 inches on its diagonal, just over an inch less than the one the iPhone 3g was equipped with when it launched nearly a decade ago.Jelly’s is a lower resolution panel, too, at 240 x 432 pixels, though that does give it the edge over Apple’s first iPhone when it comes to pixel density. This isn’t a phone that’s about providing users the ultimate visual experience.

Jelly is meant to be a cheap ($69 for early birds) yet fully-functional smartphone that you can discretely cram into just about any pocket. Measuring 3.6″ tall by 1.7″ wide and half an inch thick, you should have no shortage of options.

There are two configurations being offered. Both run Android 7.0 and feature a 1.1GHz quad-core processor, dual nano SIM slots, front and rear cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and GSM/CDMA/LTE support. The base model feature 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage while the Pro version doubles both those numbers.

Jelly has already destroyed its $30,000 funding goal. At the time of writing they were closing in on $180k, so clearly plenty of people out there are interested in what they’re pitching… or at least want to be able to say they own the world’s smallest smartphone.

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