The gossip of a Tesla phone, dubbed Model Pi/P, has been circulating the internet. However, how probable is it that a smartphone will be released? We haven’t heard anything about it from reliable sources, but somehow it got us pondering what a smartphone from the world’s most valuable automaker would look like.
When Is the Tesla Phone Coming Out?
Tesla has a history of developing unique products that are still on-brand, such as a Cybertruck-inspired all-electric vehicle for kids, an umbrella with its logo stamped on it, and a stainless-steel whistle. Although introducing a smartphone to the mix wouldn’t be as surprising, it is highly doubtful.
Rumors About the Price of a Tesla Phone
A phone with all of the above-mentioned advanced features would set you back more than a few thousand dollars. As more people use the technology, future versions may become more reasonably priced, but people don’t expect the first installment to be easily affordable.
Assuming the phone is accurate and will start simple with only a few rumored features, it will likely cost between $800 and $1200.
According to Lifewire, an announcement could be made many months before the official release date, and pre-orders could begin as early as now. However, without a release date, it’s impossible to say when pre-orders for the Tesla phone will begin.
When we find reliable information about a release, we will post any relevant links about pre-ordering here.
The rumors about this phone aren’t surprising, given Tesla’s over-the-top features in their existing products, such as the Cybertruck’s nearly impenetrable exoskeleton and bioweapon defense mode in some of their other vehicles.
A rendering of a Tesla phone with possible side and back views. Here’s what’s been circulating.
- Solar charging isn’t far-fetched because Tesla makes solar panels and vehicles. The phone is unlikely to run entirely on solar power, but it could come with a Tesla-branded case that allows for some solar charging.
- Crypto mining: Another rumor is that it will mine cryptocurrency. Musk has previously spoken about cryptocurrencies, so it’s fair to presume he’d want to build this capability into a phone. While Bitcoin is more popular, and Musk is rumored to prefer Dogecoin, the rumor is that Tesla’s phone will mine a new coin called MarsCoin (which Musk has tweeted about). For this to work reliably, some severe hardware would have to be implemented.
- Satellite Internet: Starlink, SpaceX’s space-based internet service, is closely linked to Tesla (Elon Musk is the CEO of both). The Tesla phone could even help fund Mars colonization, a company goal since its inception. However, they’d have to figure out a way to hide the satellite phone’s bulky antenna and guarantee good service from such a small device. One theory is that it would work in places where a Starlink base already exists, such as a building or, if it ever happens, a Tesla car equipped with the appropriate antenna.
- Vehicle control: A Tesla app for phones already exists to perform essential car functions such as locking and unlocking the vehicle, controlling media playback, 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.
- Astrophotography: When photographing the night sky, current phones already use AI and powerful cameras to assist. When you combine that functionality with SpaceX’s extraterrestrial focus, which would inevitably seep into this phone, you have a device capable of taking excellent photos of astronomical objects.
Tesla Phone Specs and Hardware
With no reliable sources, it’s impossible to know what this phone might look like inside. It would have all the expected features, such as 1–2 TB of storage, 16 GB or more RAM, an AMOLED display, and a 6.5-inch screen.
Regarding the exterior, consider ADR Studio’s Tesla Model P concept designs, which are the source of most of these rumors. You can look through other high-quality renderings besides those we used in this article.