Carbon 1 MK II: The carbon fibre smartphone is now a lot cheaper and produced in Germany
Six months ago, Carbon Mobile launched the Carbon 1 MK II, the world's first smartphone made from carbon fibre. While Carbon Mobile touted its smartphone as being particularly thin and light at 6.3 mm and 125 g, respectively, those attributes did not coincide with rigidity. As JerryRigEverything showed this summer, the Carbon 1 MK II is comically fragile.
Instead of addressing that, the Berlin-based company has announced that it has relocated production to Flensburg, Germany, utilising a former Motorola factory. Carbon Mobile explains that it has moved production to reduce emissions. Reportedly, Carbon Mobile has already produced over 150 devices in Germany as part of a first test batch. Firas Khalifeh, CEO and founder of Carbon Mobile, explains that:
We have committed ourselves to sustainability and quality in the production of smartphones in Europe...With the new location in Germany, we can reduce our exhaust emissions for the production and transport of our devices even further and create new jobs in the coming years.
The relocation to Germany coincides with a price drop for the Carbon 1 MK II too. Originally, the smartphone cost €799, extortionate considering its specifications. Now, Carbon Mobile charges €599, or £499 in the UK. The price cut is permanent and not part of any sales.