Tesla Will NOT Release A Smartphone

Neura Pod - Neuralink
5 min readDec 23, 2021

For the past couple months, there have been headlines, videos, and a whole mix of media content flooding Tesla Twitter and YouTube about a rumored Tesla smartphone called the Pi Phone. We wrote this article to share why I believe this is a bogus rumor. The three main reasons to cover are:

  • The future of smartphones
  • Claims made in these rumor videos
  • Elon Musk’s company, Neuralink

The Future of Smartphones

In September 2020, similar rumors surfaced saying that Tesla was working on developing a smartwatch. This idea started because of a leaked document.

One month after this video was released, Elon Musk responded to the rumor on Twitter saying this:

There are many interviews with Elon where he discusses that us humans are already essentially cyborgs. We have our intellectual part of the brain, the cortex, our emotional part of the brain, the limbic system, and a third part of the brain, our phones or computers. Right now, we communicate with our phones and computers very slowly. When we want to search something on Google, we have to think about what information we’re looking for, then open our browser, plan the search in a way Google can comprehend, then type it with our two thumbs.

In the coming future, this third digital layer of our phones and computers will communicate more quickly with the other parts of our brains. This is the future Neuralink is building towards. In Elon’s latest public interview, he discusses this again:

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Neura Pod - Neuralink

Neura Pod is a series covering topics related to Neuralink, Inc. Topics such as brain-machine interface and artificial intelligence will be explored.