i-Blades Elite Smartcase

Samsung Galaxy phones get a little bit modular at CES with this case

Modular phones -- phones that have swappable hardware components -- are still a distant dream. Though the LG G5 and the Motorola Moto Z series attempt to approach this concept, they're still far from perfect.

Phone cases also try to lend your phone a semblance of modularity, like the Elite Smartcase from i-Blades. Designed for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7 (and their Edge counterparts), the Smartcase attaches to your handset, which can then connect to another accessory that increases your phone's power and memory.

The case attaches to the 1,800mAh battery pack, called the Smartblade, via magnets on the back similar to the Moto Z's. The Smartblade also has 64GB of built-in storage and includes a microSD card slot that can hold an extra 128GB, both of which would come in handy if you ever run out of space in your own phone. When I briefly tried it out, the connection felt secure and snappy, and their rubber-coated finish help with durability.

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