Sony XTRUD concept highlights a modular future we’d like to see

by XB on 2nd July 2013

in News

Xtrud_13We don’t normally post concepts here at Xperia Blog, but this Sony XTRUD design has us intrigued. The idea behind the concept, created by Francois Rybarczyk, is to think that one day we could have a sustainable phone that would last beyond a year or two. This Sony XTRUD concept shows a modular phone where the components can be easily changed.

This includes having a fresh design every so often or changing the camera module to ensure your phone always has the latest tech. We certainly like the idea of a volume wheel, which doubles as a zoom function for the camera and also includes an integrated headphone jack. A lot of hard work has gone into these design pictures, so kudos to Rybarczyk for the vision. Check out the Sony XTRUD concept below.

Sony XTRUD concept


































Via Coroflot and Francois Rybarczyk.

Thanks @PaulesQuinea!

  • Camilo Uribe

    A dream come true !!


    looks like a lumia too me my head tries to say that it says nokia on that and not sony

  • Folk Hellfang

    The name is fairly terrible. I keep parsing it as X-turd. Is it an inviso poo?

    Joking aside, this is a really cool concept.

  • kakooli

    great, now people can customize their phone to their liking. i love this. would be nice to see huge battery options and different CPU/GPU combos

  • Rishi Rathod

    Can’t explain the beauty of this thing, out of words!
    And also starts so cheap at $199…..I wish it was real or can be in future.

  • Thiago Guerreiro Bastos

    I started thinking … “tss! C’mon. Stupid idea ever”. When I finished reading I was like “Holy shit! I want one”

  • reptile64

    It looks like Lumia with Apple marketing behind it :P

  • reptile64

    Like Re-turd :P


    imagine if you could build laptops and phones as you build gaming cputers you pick your favorite case and components then to top it all off a clean version of android

  • MrWest

    Wow impressiv! I like how they dis Samsung!

  • Yes

    Gorgeous. Much better than the ugly and plain Honami.

  • karamelakimo

    what amazing idea

  • atWidget

    No, just a dream…

  • (C):stem

    No, this time I don’t agree with the appearance, kinda ugly for me.

    However, the concept of being able to replace broken components is just phucking awesome. SONY should take note of this asap!

  • nidou bossy

    shut up… honami didn’t get released yet!

  • Kazuo Sat?

    I hear Motorola is going to have a customisable smartphone pretty soon,
    How customisable remains to be seen

  • bimmersonygasm

    Just beautiful.. Can’t believe the design prowess that Sony has.. Keeps getting better and better

  • Gaston

    Will I be able to customize my Xperia S with a jelly bean firmware that isn’t a bugged pile of shit?

  • Zeff

    unicorn colour? is tis from behance?

  • Mohit

    Nice concept, please make screen larger and all will love it, its like a new robotic age technology

  • Billy de Fretes

    it will be great if we can customize smartphone part like PC’s ..but these concept really like apple marketing :D

  • APai

    how about drivers ? we need drivers to run the device – i remember the early days of windows, and for the longest time with linux. it’s ncie as a concept, and i wish it would be a reality. however, they are trying to dismantle the DIY/ PC enthusiasts market by bringing in SoCs in PCs, I wonder if extreme competition in mobile space will bring back DIY :)

  • It’s Awesome. Sony Rocks The Future

  • yuskhayru

    its ugly and kinda disgusting. yurk

  • ManRaj

    I love this concept. This is so Cool!
    plus the Camera Zoom/Volume “ROTATOR” is just awesome.
    Apart from other hardware, the screen size will still be restricted to the default phone size. (i think) but it still looks awesome!

  • mike ross

    Not a sony design!! Looks like nokia lumia. no appeal at all!! Wait for the design of sony’s next generation mobile.. Under “one sony” concept it will be more harmonious and as cohesive as ever.. Sony makes ICONIC products which at the end of the day.. all you can do is be amazed!! Sony mobile has gone so far now.. since their departure from sony ericsson branding they have come a very long way from xperia s to xperia z.. these product is not perfect honestly but sony did a very good job on improving their products in terms of hardware and software just to make sure that the consumer will be very pleased with their products. in my opinion Sony has a very bright future ahead of them notwithstanding the fact that the mobile division has a very steep competition and yet sony is ready for the challenges!!


    Want It Now!

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  • lollicup04

    oh look the iriver spin…
    time for lawsuits

  • SomeBody

    I don’t see your point. If you can upgrade every component (just like in a PC) then manufacturers will probably start making houses too. The whole point of this concept is that everyone could create his or her dream-phone.

  • Domus

    Sony in the last 3 years is going in the right direction in the field of smartphones.

    Of course, he still has to work with. Of this “concept” appreciates the idea.

    The design, let him lose … it’s true, it’s very similar to a LUMIA, so Sony have to work on it now because that line is typical of the NOKIA and distinguishes them, therefore … is the case of inventing something.

    I am Sony fan of since my first xperia x1, then x10 mini pro, then I bought the legendary Arc S. .. still regret a beautiful model like the Arc S. .. despite the T, TX, J and L are only poor imitations of that philosophy who was behind the design of Arc … I think Sony should invest on this: DESIGN and INNOVATION: this is what has always distinguished it as a company, should not be niche generalist.

    But most importantly, what to invest in my opinion is to keep upgraded with software. Better have less models,but follow the fix and more updated, rather than producing dozens of models and then abandon development after a few months … leaving users “hanging” … this is one thing that Sony needs to think well .

  • Namura Zato

    No! this reminds me of Sony CLIE’ style …Maybe very good if Sony will bring CLIE’ back.

  • ass fucker

    Fuck your ass!!!

  • Khazlariko

    Brilliant concept, in my opinion. Though I’m a big fan of high screen to phone ratio (like Xperia ZL) and the bottom of this seems wasted. It’d be better if the volume rocker/headphone jack was moved to the top (where it should be anyway) and hidden behind the screen.

    My main concern is how quickly it’d receive updates. Current phones with set hardware get updates slow enough, let alone a phone that’s customised by each person.

  • fried_egg

    great idea, but not likely. after all, they have been sealing things like batteries! and plug in components, like lego bricks, mean having to have things on individual blocks rather than “system on a chip” which is easier to make, cheaper to make, smaller to make. so this would mean a far larger phone, far heavier phone, and thus “worse” to the sleaker competition not using modules. the other thing, is technology just does not upgrade 1 unit in isolation. remember pc’s were sold when the intel pentium chip came out as “future proof” – the reality though was the memory upgrades and the pentium “shoe” changed, so the motherboard needed to change, and other than the psu, hard disc (which needed changing due to capacity inflation) and cd-rom drives nothing was worth keeping that could be re-used.

  • SquirFly

    J’aime beaucoup l’idée du smartphone upgradable et des coques personnalisables, après, je pense que la partie du bas et les contrôles étranges ne serventt pas à grand chose, et ça fait perdre de la place en plus d’être inesthétique. Super concept et belles images sinon !

  • guestion

    btfl like ass on your pro pic :D

  • Mohammed Khired

    ” SONY should take note of this asap!”

    sony won’t even think about it….

    The project is not profitable

  • Folk Hellfang

    Ahhh Clie’. So cute and cool, but I’m pretty sure smartphones have destroyed any hope of a return. Not to mention note sized tablets. I kinda miss my Clie’…

  • Andaya

    The rolling jack port (volume and zoom) is a really good concept and very usable

  • Samuel Serafim

    VEEEEERY NICE. Does it have 4 inches?

  • No

    The placement of the volume rocker is awkward and the screen to body ratio is too low. No thanks.

  • Babylonbwoy

    what about Planned obsolescence ? Big companies are only about that, and specially in tech world… fantasm…

  • adeceku

    what is this XTURD

  • Syed

    I would like to see this concept in a car from Sony.

  • Richard

    I’d buy it. I like me some gadgets :P

  • (C):stem

    I agree that the concept isn’t suitable at all, but see the Motorola X phone situation. Have you seen the latest publicity of this phone? Motorola/Google are using the slogan “designed by you”. Of course, I don’t think people will be able to decide what processor or how much RAM they want, but what I think is that people will have the faculty of choosing the color case, size and even some software details… I don’t know, I’m not sure what they mean by saying “designed by you” but that would be a start.

    What I think is that SONY may also get that idea and make some improvements. It would be something innovative for the market.

  • GMX

    Nice idea. Ugly, ugly design. Might look cool in 1985.

  • Jan

    No LED & too thick everything heavy much. slim bezel = no bezel

  • Anton Avdyushkin

    Super concept – lumia 920+sony logo… ta daa, and we have another revolution thing.
    NO. it won’t work.

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  • Johannes Otto

    Great idea, simple design –> Sony please take my money!

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  • loco_loco

    Reminds me to Sony Ericsson Full-Change Keitai re W63S, although not all components can be replaced like this one.

  • Dus

    release date…?

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