Is this truly the future of mobile phones /g/?
I like the idea but I don't think any companies will invest and make their own modules for it so it will probably fall flat on it's face.
Just like that that stupid crowdsourced laptop that's as large and as heavy as three 15.6" normal laptops with the power of a netbook and the cost of a MBP but "muh open sourced hardware," of course it'll be popular with /g/.
Many major companies won't want to because they'll lose profit, but I think they'd make more if they sell a screen for $100 to people who can't afford their $500+ phones, they'd actually make more by getting new customers in the long run
I think it's awesome. A modular phone that you can upgrade and add new features without having to replace the whole thing, like a PC but easier. Also, it's easier to replace batteries quick and it allows you to sort of build a phone with the specs you want
>inb4 too thick
if thinness is what you want in your phone, get the shitty iBend 6+
>inb4 drop phone, RAM flies out
drop tests have been done, it's fine. and if you do drop it and break or lose a part, at least you won't have to replace the whole phone like in the past. and of course, if you break the screen it's simple to replace
I hope this won't fail like the Google glass and other shit like that, it's really innovative
It's a cool idea as long as it's appropriately priced but it seriously looks ugly as hell. Makes me wish that it had a back cover to hide all that ugly Lego shit on the back and keep it all in place
I'm completely for this idea. I'd love to be able to replace a part for my phone instead of having to pay a premium deductible that will cost a lot more . Plus not having to buy it subsidized or finance it. Hell yes
I'm looking forwards to it for the slim chance that they offer different sizes so that I can use a small phone.
>720p is perfectly fine
>MicroSD in case I ever want to actually store things on my phone, 8GB internal would be fine
>Adequate cameras, nothing special
>2-4GB of ram, doesn't matter because it would be easily upgradable
>Power efficient cpu
>Large battery so I can go over a week without charging when I barely use it.
>Slide out keyboard module that could double as extra battery
>BONUS: Make it able to remove Android and install Ubuntu phone OS if it doesn't suck.
It's all I really want from a phone.
For reference I currently have a nexus 4 and it's ok but I dislike how big it is and the mediocre battery.
m8, Ubuntu phone won't be compatible with ara. it wouldn't have the app or software needed to use the modules. and you can install Ubuntu phone like any other android ROM since it's partly android based, someone just needs to make a version for your device
>mfw I'm in Puerto Rico RIGHT NOW
I'll buy the product test when it comes out and shit post all about it on /g/.
If it's actually viable and successful, it will mark the end of planned obsolescence, at least for smartphones.
Replacing the components you want to upgrade the most is much better than getting jewed out of $700 for a device that costs less than $200 to buy and assemble.
>only available for Claro or Open
>paying 16% of IVA tax
>staying that long in Puerto Rico
>not just getting a 2nd edition g and moving out
Product test will be on Puerto Rico because everyone and their grandmother has a smartphone.
Marvell, Novidya, Texas Instruments, and others working on SoCs
Sennheiser and others working on audio modules
Toshiba on camera modules
Kingston and others working on NAND
Many big-name and emerging manufacturers with interest
Frame transfer bandwidth between 10Gb/s and 20Gb/s, depending on module size. (bottleneck for CPU and RAM?)
>There will be two frame sizes available at first: “mini”, a frame about the size of a Nokia 3310 and “medium”, about the size of a LG Nexus 5. In the future, a “large” frame about the size of a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available.
>As for pricing, it’s much too early to tell. We have set engineering and manufacturing goals for the bill-of-materials cost of a basic, entry-level Ara device to be in the $50-100 range. It’s important to note that this is just the cost of the components and says nothing about how it will be priced–it could be more or less than that (e.g., with a carrier contract).[...]