STUFF EXCLUSIVE – Hands-on with the many faces of Modu

Modu, officially the world’s lightest mobile at a featherweight 40.1g, has finally made its way to the UK. And we’ve unveiled some new det

Modu, officially the world’s lightest mobile at a featherweight 40.1g, has finally made its way to the UK. And we’ve unveiled some new details at a swanky design conference in London.

The highlight of this year’s Mobile World Congress, Modu is readying itself for release in Italy, Russia and Israel at the end of this year, before making its way to the UK in 2009. Now we can reveal that the dinky cell will cost €200 (around £180), complete with two ‘jackets’ to change the functionality to whatever you fancy.

‘Jackets’ and ‘mates’ are set to be the making of Modu, with each different one, from an exclusive car radio hook-up with Blaupunkt to a stereo speaker for scally kids, letting you customise your phone. The idea is that the phone itself sits at the heart of tons of different devices, depending on what you want to do. The guys behind it reckon this’ll make you hang onto it longer than any phone you’ve had before.

The add-on that really caught our eye this morning was the gaming peripheral, turning Modu into a handheld console rather than just adding an accelerometer and some extra buttons, a la N Gage.

Memory-wise, you’re looking at 1GB of on-board storage, as well as HSDPA, MMS, a speaker phone and Bluetooth. Not bad for something twice the size of the memory stick currently hanging out the back of your PC.

We’ve got some exclusive hands-on video coming up, so stay tuned to Stuff.tv for more details. While you’re waiting, why not check out our first look at Modu in Barcelona this February.