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March 27, 2014

DIY smartphone Project Ara: What are your specs?

So we’ve seen Samsung’s Galaxy S5 flagship phone. There’s also Sony’s Xperia Z2 and even the All-new HTC One. With these companies giving us a set of fixed specs, I say forget about all the hoopla for a second and instead, you tell us what you want to see in your smartphone when Google’s DIY Project Ara comes to fruition.

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I’ll get this started. Here’s how I want my Project Ara:

4.7-inch body
1920 x 1080 display
20MP rear camera with Xenon flash and night vision
5MP wide-angle front camera
4K video recording
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
3GB RAM
64GB internal memory
Stereo speakers
Pico projector
2 x 2500mAh battery

Since I’m more of a multimedia guy, I want my specs to lean more towards imaging capabilities. I’d prefer a 20MP rear camera with 4K video capabilities and a Xenon bulb so I could effectively capture clear and blur-free images even at night, with the option of night vision widely-seen on Sony’s handycams. To share them, I’d get a Pico projector of some sort to easily show my latest photos or short films to my friends. Also, two battery modules to hot-swap!

The point of this article (besides publicly day-dreaming about our fantasy phones) is so that we realize the possibility of the future of smartphones as early as today. Google’s Project Ara is now undergoing developer conferences and could come early 2015 – which is just a year from now.

Would it be a hit to consumers like you? How much would it affect other smartphone manufacturers? Would their strategy change? If so, how? Only time will tell.

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36 Responses to “DIY smartphone Project Ara: What are your specs?”

  1. fonehunter says:

    Just like how PC clones started back in the days.

  2. Anthony says:

    Dream Phone:
    4.3-inch OGS IPS capacitive touchscreen, 720p
    Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T (2x Krait 1.7GHz, Adreno 320)
    2GB RAM
    32GB internal, expandable with 64GB microsd
    8MP f/2.0 BSI 1080p 60fps, 720p 120fps, hdr, panorama, AF
    1.3MP front, 720p 30fps
    LTE
    2300mAH battery

  3. Luigi says:

    4.7inch OGS, FHD, SUPER AMOLET DISPLAY, and LG G2 like bezels
    Octa core version of the Snapdragon 805 processor
    3GB RAM, 32GB ROM with micro SD slot
    16MP main camera with 4K recording and 5MP wide-angle front camera
    LTE-A, IR blaster, Fingerprint scanner, and 3000mAh battery

  4. Mokies says:

    I would want some hybrid of my Lumia & an iPhone to feed my camera & audio needs:

    5-inch IPS 1920×1080 w/ Gorilla Glass 3
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    NVIDIA Tegra 4 GPU
    3GB RAM
    32GB internal memory, 128GB expandable
    12MP rear w/ OIS & supports 4K 24fps, 2k 30fps, 1080/720p @ 120/60/30/24fps.
    2MP front 1080p 30fps w/ OIS
    Wolfson DAC
    x3 High Amplitude Microphone
    Full-range stereo speakers
    LTE support
    3000mAH battery

  5. wew says:

    sarap magbasa sa d2 sa comments section anlinis walang mga isip bata na kung anuano ang sinasabe haha

  6. Pakura says:

    2.5 inch 1536 x 2048 TFT non – protective touch screen
    386 Mhz single core processor
    32 mb ram
    0.2 MP Rear camera
    4 mb rom
    512 mAh battery
    Alcatel UI with Live Wallpaper
    Always on WiFi and GPS

  7. Drake says:

    *4.7 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen 720p gorilla glass
    *Camera yung katulad ng sa nokia 808 pureview xenon flash, 5mp front cam
    *4000 mah battery + solar panel (haay kung pwede lang sana parang scientific calculator)
    *LTE
    *3 gb ram, 2.5ghz cpu, 32 gb internal memory
    *Bluetooth 4.0, wifi a/b/g/n, NFC
    *stereo speakers
    *latest android os and google now ng Moto X
    *water and dust resistant
    *anti theft/snatcher technology, na magseself destruct na lang bigla on one click thru remote control/smartwatch
    *cost below P15k

  8. mc says:

    -5.5 inch super amoled Sharp Aquos with 1920×1080 sapphire glass display
    – 2.5 Ghz Intel Atom Processor with Hyperthreading
    – 4gig ddr3 ram
    – 41 megapixel f2.2 aperture back camera
    – 13 megapixel wide angle front camera
    – 64 or 128 Gig Internal memory
    – Water,Shock, Dust resistant like CAT b15 phone
    – Windows phone OS
    – Wireless Charging
    – NFC
    – 5000mAh Lithium Polymer Battery
    – Altec Lansing Speaker and Audio Chipset
    -Bluetooth 4.0
    -wifi a/b/g/n at 300 mbps
    – LTE
    -IR Blaster

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