Remember Phonebloks? Here is a refresher if you don’t
Phone Blocks was acquired by Google. Google then renamed it to “Project ARA”. This has been a pretty quiet project for quite some time. The phone was supposed to have been released last year (2015) but plans were pushed for 2016.
Recently the hype has come back to life as a screenshot of Project Ara’s benchmarks were posted on the internet. The benchmarks show a 1920 x 1080 13.8-inch screen. Does this mean Ara is a tablet?! Probably not. When devices like these are developed, larger modules may be used for testing purposes. In this case they may have used a larger screen for testing while the final product may have a smaller screen as we are used to.
In any case, the first benchmarked Project Ara device is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC featuring four high-performance Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 1.9 GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores designed for more conservative power consumption at frequencies up to 1.6 GHz. In addition to that, it comes with an Adreno 430 GPU, 2.7 GB of RAM, a 4.8-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 0.3-megapixel rear-facing one. The unit is also equipped with everything else one would expect from a modern smartphone (or a tablet) as its body includes an accelerometer, barometer, compass, gyroscope, light sensor, pedometer, and a proximity sensor. It also supports Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi, in addition to having an SIM-card slot.
Project Ara was first announced in October of 2013. Now 3 years later we may finally see a modular phone which we can easily upgrade without the need of disposing of the whole phone. Think of upgrading your camera for $50 rather than having to replace your whole phone for $700. What do you think of all of this? leave a comment below with your thoughts!