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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.



Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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38 Responses

  1. phonebuddy says:

    Keyboard ala Q10
    4.7″ 1080p Screen
    Stereo Speakers at the back
    20MP Pureview Camera with Xenon flash
    2 micro sd slots
    USB host capability
    2 hot swapable batteries
    Micro HDMI out

  2. nego says:

    Here’s mine:
    5-inch body
    1920 x 1080 display or 2K or 4K if possible
    41MP Pureview haha!
    5MP wide-angle front camera
    4K video recording
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
    3GB RAM
    64GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB
    Stereo speakers
    3000+mAh battery

  3. daydreamer says:

    Here’s mine:
    5.2-inch body
    2560 x 1440 display
    20.7 MP Camera with Xenon Flash
    5MP wide-angle front camera
    4K video recording
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor
    3GB RAM
    128GB internal memory with 2X SD slot expandable up to 2X 128GB
    Dual front facing stereo speakers
    3800 mAh battery

  4. Rod says:

    Here’s mine:
    5-inch body
    1920 x 1080 display
    50MP rear facing camera with night vision and Xenon Flash,, can zoom up to 100x,,hahaha
    8MP wide-angle front camera
    4K video recording
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
    3GB RAM
    64GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB
    Stereo speakers
    4000 mAh battery

  5. Bob Freking says:

    Hope nobody minds if I drop in:

    5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED display
    2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU
    Adreno 330 GPU
    32GB internal memory
    3GB RAM
    20MP PureView camera with OIS
    5MP wide-angle front-facing camera
    4K video + 720p @ 120fps available
    3,500mAh battery

    Wish I can waterproof that too without making it thicker than 9mm.

  6. Carlo14 says:

    Ill want to have:

    Nvidia Tegra K1 4plus1 Quadcore ARM Cortex A-15
    4.3 inch SUPER AMOLED full HD screen 1080×1920
    Nvidia Kepler 192 Cuda Cores
    8gb ram
    128gb internal memory w/ micro sd slot
    13 megapixel autofocus BSI rear firing camera
    8 megapixel front firing camera w/ autofocus and bsi
    4k video recording
    4,500mah battery
    Wireless Charging
    NFC

    hahah tas biglang sobrang mahal..

  7. norman says:

    Here are my additional features

    128Gb memory
    128Gb expandable memory
    Aside from waterproof and dustproof,
    its also Shockproof
    With TV, AM, FM and SW radio
    Solar powered

  8. Here is mine..
    5.0 inches superAMOLED capacitive touchscreen,1080 x 1920 pixels,(~441 ppi pixel density)
    Corning Gorilla Glass 3
    Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
    Adreno 330
    41MP PureView camera with Xenon flash and night vision 1/2.5” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, dual capture, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama
    5MP front w/ [email protected], video light, stereo sound rec.
    3GB RAM 32GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB
    3000mAh Battery

  9. Benchmark says:

    Hmmm i will go for 4.3 to 4.5 screen
    Quad core snapdragon processor,
    8mp cam, front and back, with good flash
    4500mAh bat
    Plus water submersible (for underwater shooting)

    I’d prefer a phone I can hold it easily, has a good bat and camera…

  10. JOEANGEL says:

    5.5 inch body
    1920 x 1080 display
    38 MP Carl zeiuss lens
    8 MP wide-angle front camera
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
    2GB RAM
    32GB internal memory(Expandable)
    Stereo speakers
    Pico projector
    2 x 2500mAh battery

  11. JOEANGEL says:

    5.5 inch body
    1920 x 1080 display
    38 MP Carl zeiuss lens w/ powerful flash
    8 MP wide-angle front camera
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
    2GB RAM
    32GB internal memory(Expandable)
    Pico projector
    3000mAh battery

  12. Les`Minions says:

    4.8 inches body and 8.1 mm thin
    1920 x 1080 2098 ppi
    33MP default camera and customizable up to 55MP
    13 MP wide-angle frontal camera
    Nvidia Tegra K1 Processor
    4GB RAM
    64GB internal memory(Expandable External up to 128GB)
    4100mAh Li-ion Battery

  13. amvz08 says:

    mine:

    4-5 inch display
    1920 x 1080
    15mp back carl zeiss camera is enough but with xenon flash
    10mp front camera
    2gb – 3 gb ram
    quadcore snapdragon processor
    corning gorilla glass
    aluminum body but rough back surface
    color white
    cornered like sony xperia phones
    64gb internal memory
    water proof and dust proof
    5000mah battery

    cost around 300-400 dollars or 15000 to 18000 pesos

  14. Kirito9119 says:

    4.7 Inch Display, 6.4 mm thin, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5 Pounds
    1536 x 2048 401ppi
    18 “UltraPixel” PureView with Xenon Flash Camera
    10 “UltraPixel” Wide – Angled and with Night Vision Front Cam
    8K Video Recording
    4.5 GB RAM
    OctaCore 3 Ghz NVidia K1 Processor
    Power VR G6430
    256 GB Storage
    2x 8,820 mAH Li-ion Battery
    Water Proof and Dust Proof
    Titanium Back and Aluminum Coating
    Projector
    Fingerprint Scanner
    Air Gestures

  15. wis says:

    5.5-inch body
    1920 x 1080 display
    13MP rear camera 1″ sensor w/ duo cam ala htc M8
    5MP wide-angle front camera
    4K video recording
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
    3GB RAM
    64GB internal memory
    Stereo speakers
    detachable passive radiator sub-woofer
    4500mAh battery

  16. roiji says:

    i can dream..

    smaller body than Xperia V
    4.3″ 1920 x 1080 SuperAMOLED+ display
    20MP rear camera with Xenon flash
    5MP wide-angle front camera
    Tegra K1 processor
    3GB RAM
    32GB internal memory expandable with microSD
    Stereo speakers louder than 100db
    graphene battery of somesort
    Qi charging

    and the price… LESS.
    around 15~20k

  17. roiji says:

    why settle for Snapdragon 801 where the 805 or its successor will be released by 2015?

    para mas mura by then?

  18. Enya says:

    I just want the camera to be as decent as my Canon Powershot S95. That’s all!

  19. nik says:

    5-inch OGS dot matrix display ( 24×24 resolution )
    am-fm tuner
    40mp mega pixel
    OTG compatible
    sdmmc card slot
    512ram 4gbrom
    7.1 THX surround sound
    5000mAh batter
    built-in sewing kit and seismograph

  20. starguything says:

    This is very, very, similar to Phonebloks. Go search it on Google. I guess Google is still growing a huge empire next to Facebook. Business just gets wild. XD

    • Rockafella says:

      I think partnership to between Google and Phonebloks if I’m not mistaken, I mean Google wouldn’t just copy someone else’s idea. And I’m positive mas malaki ang Google kesa sa FB kaya it should be the other way around.

    • benchmark says:

      and to what I read, they (Google) hired all the guys in phonebloks to work hand in hand with them.

      And if my memory doesn’t fail me, Google been in this project before phoneblok idea went out.

  21. LunaTech says:

    Here’s mine:
    5-inch body
    1920 x 1080 display
    13MP Camera with macro shot
    5MP wide-angle front camera
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
    2GB RAM
    16GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB
    Stereo speakers
    IR Blaster
    Dual 2000+mAh battery

    dami pa lang tayong nag-aabang sa project ara hehehe

  22. jujuju says:

    Coool!
    Eto naisip ko:
    4.5″ gorilla glass 720p super amoled display
    Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
    CPU Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
    20mp sony primary
    2mp front
    Adreno 330
    2600mah batt
    At bezzzzzel na kasing nipis ng G2! :D

  23. Stallion says:

    5″ IPS adaptive display
    4k resolution
    Sapphire Crystal Glass screen
    20MP+ OIS xenon flash
    front cam with OIS night vision
    3gb RAM or 2x2GB RAM
    2x128gb internal
    front dual boomsound speakers
    qualcomm 805 or nvidia with Dx12 compatibility
    wifi+LTE simultaneous (like S5)
    5000mAH with fast charging technology
    usb 3.0
    waterproof + nanotechnology
    Plasti Dip paint

  24. wew says:

    4.5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED…super thin bezels
    at least 2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU
    Adreno 330 GPU
    41MP PureView camera
    8MP wide-angle front-facing camera
    128GB internal memory
    more than 4000 mAh
    3GB RAM
    atleast 2K video at atleast 60fps….tas at least 1080p at 240 fps
    ir blaster,aluminum casing,good stereo speakers,dual sim

  25. kore says:

    This is my dream phone

    2.8 inch 480×320 TFT resistive screen
    412 MHz single core processor
    64MB Ram
    0.8 Megapixel rear camera
    0.2 Front facing camera
    12mb ROM
    600 mAh battery

  26. fonehunter says:

    Just like how PC clones started back in the days.

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. wew says:

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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. Noob po ako pero gusto ko lahat ng sinasabi nyo pero 6k lang ang price.haha. dreamprice below 7k pero high end lhat parts. xD

  35. lol says:

    -Mediatek Helios X20 Deca-Core
    -4gb Ram
    -Nvidia Kepler 192 core GPU
    -128GB internal(Expandable Up to 2 tb via Micro SD)
    -4k resolution OGS protected by Gorilla Concore Glass
    -42 megapixels SLR lens rear camera with triple LED flash
    -21 megapixels 6 piece lens wide angle camera with dual LED flash
    -sapphire finger print sensor
    -NFC
    -Dual LTE Cat 9 multi band
    -wifi dual Band
    -Bluetooth 4.2
    -surround speakers
    -8000 mah battery with quick charge 90% in 10 minutes
    -military class water proof, dust proof, scratch proof, shock proof.
    -TRIPLE OS support UBUNTU, STOCK ANDROID(rooted), WINDOWS 10
    -IR Blaster

    so good to be true phone

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