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Meet the bendable phablet you wear on your arm (pictures)

Portal is a flexible 6-inch phone meant to be worn on your forearm in a custom cradle. Seriously.

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Smartsleeve?

The Portal is a 6-inch flexible-screen smartphone currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo that slides into a custom arm cradle for those with active, connected lifestyles. So far as we can tell, it's not a hoax.

"Current wearable offerings and even the new Apple Watch are just too small to text on or do anything really practical," Brandon Mairs, founder of startup Arubixs, told CNET via email.

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Bendy

Portal is flexible with a Kevlar-supported exterior. The device has 2GB RAM, four cameras, 64GB of storage, a full suite of sensors, NFC, Bluetooth, LTE, wireless charging and a proprietary 3,200mAh flexible battery.

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The display

Portal will run a skinned and customized version of Android and function as phone, fitness tracker and watch.

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Dick Tracy style

A mock-up of a messaging interface on Portal.

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Social

The look of Portal's social-media menu.

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Out of the cradle

Portal's creators stress that it's not just a wearable, but a fully functional flexible phone that slides into a wearable case.

"It's a smartphone you can wear," Brandon Mairs of startup Arubixs told CNET. "So when the phone is not in the cradle it's just a thin, 6-inch smartphone that's flexible, water resistant and shatterproof."

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