The rumour of a Tesla phone, dubbed Model Pi/P, has been circulating the internet. But how likely is it that a smartphone will be released? We haven’t heard anything about it from reliable sources, but it got us thinking about what a smartphone from the world’s most valuable manufacturer would look like.
Table of Contents
- Tesla Phone Release Date
- Tesla Phone Price
- Tesla Phone Pre-order
- Tesla Phone Features
- Tesla Phone Specifications
- Is Tesla Phone A Rumor?
Tesla Phone Release Date
Tesla has a history of introducing unique products that are still on-brand, such as a Cybertruck-inspired all-electric vehicle for kids, an umbrella with their logo stamped on it, and a stainless-steel whistle. Although adding a smartphone to the mix wouldn’t be as surprising, its introduction isn’t as realistic as the other goods, at least not yet.
There are a few main reasons why we’re doubtful that this phone will ever be released:
- The majority of the rumours are based on Adrstudiodesign’s early 2021 YouTube video, however they clearly mention that these are the designer’s concepts, not true Tesla leaks or specifics. The majority of the rumours we’ve seen seem to come from that source.
- We’ll go through them in more detail later, but some of the concepts for this phone, such as Neuralink support and connectivity on Mars, are a little too far out there to be practical right now. Those features don’t have to be included in the first version of the phone, thus a device could still be in development without them. When those concepts are floated so early, it’s understandable to be dubious.
- It would be pointless to put effort into a phone if one of the long-term side effects, or even plans, of brain-connected technologies like Neuralink is to phase out phones entirely.
If those arguments aren’t convincing enough, consider Telsa’s CEO’s take on the future of smartphones:
Tesla Phone Price
A phone with all of the above-mentioned advanced features will set you back more than a few thousand dollars. As more people use the technology, subsequent generations may become more reasonable, but we don’t expect the first iteration to be affordable for most people.
Assuming the phone is real (which we doubt) and that it will start out simple with only a few of the alleged capabilities, it will likely cost between $800 and $1200.
Tesla Phone Pre-order
We expect an announcement several months before the official release date, and pre-orders may begin as early as now. We don’t know when pre-orders for the Tesla phone will begin because we don’t have a release date to go by.
If we come across solid information regarding a release, we’ll include any pertinent links for pre-ordering here.
Tesla Phone Features
The reports about this phone aren’t surprising, given Tesla’s over-the-top features in its existing goods, such as the Cybertruck’s almost impenetrable exoskeleton and bioweapon defensive mode in some of their other vehicles.
- Space internet: Starlink, SpaceX’s space-based internet service, has tight ties to Tesla (Elon Musk is the CEO of both). The Tesla phone might potentially help fund Mars colonisation, which has been a business objective since its inception. However, they’d have to figure out a means to not only hide the satellite phone’s massive antenna, but also guarantee decent service from such a compact device. One possibility is that it would function in places where a Starlink base already exists, such as a building or, if it ever happens, a Tesla automobile equipped with the right antenna.
- Solar Charging: Tesla makes solar panels and vehicles, so this isn’t a far-fetched concept. The phone is unlikely to run entirely on solar power, but it could come with a Tesla-branded casing that allows for some solar charging.
- Vehicle control: A Tesla app for phones already exists to do basic automobile duties such as locking and unlocking the car, controlling media playing, and summoning the vehicle. If not built-in to the operating system, this app would almost certainly be preinstalled on the phone for quick access from the lock screen or via external buttons. It’s also possible that the app will only be available to Tesla phone owners.
- Mining: Another rumour is that it will mine cryptocurrency. Musk has previously spoken out about cryptocurrencies, so it’s fair to believe he’d want to build this capability into a phone. While Bitcoin is more popular, and Musk is said to prefer Dogecoin, there is speculation that Tesla’s phone will mine a new coin called MarsCoin (a name Musk himself has tweeted about). For this to work reliably, some major hardware would have to be implemented.
It’s far more likely that something tamer—say, the first four or five capabilities, connected to a Tesla-branded version of Android—becomes accessible initially.
We’ll have to wait several more years if this phone is real, and Tesla holds off on releasing it until implantable brain-machine interfaces are available. While Musk does want this technology to be deployed in humans by 2022, it won’t be available to everyone right away because the technology’s main purpose is to treat people who are paralysed.
Tesla Phone Specifications
With no reputable sources to go on, it’s impossible to know what this phone would look like inside. It would include all of the expected features, such as 1–2 TB of storage, 16 GB or more RAM, an AMOLED display, and a 6.5-inch screen.
In terms of the outside, have a look at ADR Studio’s Tesla Model P concept drawings, which are the source of most of these reports. You can go through other high-quality renderings besides the ones we used in this article.
Is Tesla Phone A Rumor?
Some estimates put the launching date at 2022, but we’ll take Musk’s tweet as proof that these speculations are just that: rumours. Granted, Tesla could yet produce a phone in the future, but given the information we presently have, there’s little reason to expect it will. If (and this is a big if) this phone is truly being developed in secret and every rumour is true, there’s a good chance we won’t see it until 2030 or later.