Tesla's rumoured new 'Model Pi' smartphone designed to work on Mars? Here's what we know — and don't know
TESLA PHONE THIS 2021? It’s been widely reported that US-based EV maker Tesla will “officially” launch the Model Pi phone "later this year". It’s not clear exactly when, if at all, but the tech rumour mill is awash with Pi talk. In September, devdiscourse.com reported: “2021 did not pass by Elon Musk. Every day in search engines, people ask the same question - Is Tesla releasing a phone? Yes, we will see Elon Musk's smartphone soon.”
In addition to a Starlink satellite connectivity, the Tesla Model Pi is also rumoured to have four cameras, solar charging and a skin that changes colour in a futuristic design.
ANYWHERE PHONE? Rumours that Tesla is indeed making a smartphone were bolstered after the world-famous design studio ADR released concept images (in a video). This made people wonder: Is Tesla going to go after the iPhone — or simply create an entirely new market segment, such as a true-to-form satellite phone that works where traditional WiFi or 5G services are absent, and able to mine cryptocurrencies anywhere, including on the planet Mars?
NEURALINK PHONE: The Model Pi is also rumoured to have a brain-phone interface from Neuralink. The company, controlled by Musk, is developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.
FROM BELL TO 5G: The phone has come a long way since Alexander Graham Bell patented his gear in 1876. This 2021, the total global 5G smartphone output is expected to hit about 500 million. In addition, the 5G penetration rate will swiftly climb to 37%. Market intelligence firm TrendForce states the Top 7 global phone makers in 2021 are: Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, Huawei, and Transsion. Together, they will account for about 80% of the global phone market. This market, however, could be disrupted by an affordable satfone.