Modular Electronics

The modules making up Modular Electronics are by definition structurally independent elements. This could be a mono-material back cover or sub-assemblies with defined interfaces, like a removable battery. The next stage in the evolution of modular design might be a platform. This platform allows manufacturers to deliver truly customized units.

Modularity in Modular Electronics inevitably means more material consumption. In some cases, the product might need to be larger. Then, they can accommodate all of the configuration options or the addition of expected future technologies. This must be offset through a considerably longer use of individual devices and modules. Modular product design is therefore not necessarily the most sustainable design option in itself. Especially not, if the end products are used only as long as conventional phones. Modular devices may need more material input for the required connectors and module housing. Additionally, they might suffer from poorer reliability through their easy-to-open cases. Also, water tightness might be more difficult to achieve. Users might be drawn into a state of ‘overprovisioning’ of modules and spare parts.


Making smartphones modular might become the crucial choice for manufacturers as users have come to expect longer-lasting and more sustainable products. The discussion about modular smartphones has gained renewed vigor as thinking about the environmental impact of smartphones is changing…