There are tons of cases for the various iPhone models, including some that can double as an extra battery. However, a company called ESTI wants to release an iPhone case that also doubles as a full Android smartphone. The Eye case has already raised well over $600,000 via Kickstarter, far above its original $95,000 goal.
ESTI says the Eye iPhone case will have an Android 7.1.1 Nougat phone on the back that includes a 5-inch AMOLED display with a 1,080 x 1,920 resolution. Inside, the Eye case will have a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot to add up to 256 GB of additional storage. It also will have dual SIM slots, a 3.5 mm earphone jack and a 2,800 mAh battery, with an accessory planned that will boost the battery size up to 10,000 mAh. The case will also support NFC and wireless charging features.
The Eye case is being made for all iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models, but customers have the option to wait until the next iPhone arrives later this year to get the case made for those versions. The Kickstarter campaign has less than a day to go before it ends, as of this writing, and backer prices for the case starts at $119 for a non-4G model, with higher prices if you want the case to have more onboard storage or 4G connectivity. The first shipments for the Eye case are supposed to start in August 2017.
While the prospect of having a full Android Nougat phone on the back of an iPhone sounds cool, we do have to wonder if it will really work as advertised when it begins shipping. Then we will see if it is really a useful product, or just another Kickstarter project that failed to meet expectations.