Most of you hear about Project Ara for the first time and have no idea what this is. Google has been working on this project for a long time and finally it will be materialized in January, 2015. But first, let’s see the Nexus 6 in “flesh and blood”.
The Nexus 6 and the Ara are two different phones: the Nexus 6 belongs to the flagship class, while Ara is a modular smartphone which consists of a structural frame that holds the display, keyboard or other modules, allowing the user to replace them when they’re malfunctioning or in case the owner wants to upgrade them.
But let’s take a closer look at Ara’s specifications
The first Ara modular phone will come with a Rockchip application processor (trailblazer) that will function as an “application processor in an Ara module without the need for a bridge chip”, as Google said. The users will be able to change some of the phone’s parts, but without touching the core components.
Hot swappable components
Paul Eremenko, a blogger writing mainly about Google, said that the components of the future phone will be hot swappable: “The (Ara) modules, except the CPU and the display, will be hot swappable. This means you can change them without turning the phone off”, wrote Eremenko in his report. Google will make a modified version of the new Android L OS to make this feature possible.
According to Time, Google will release the entry-level gray phone at a small price of only 50 dollars. This phone will have essential components such as a touchpad display, a processor, plus connectivity chips. The Ara frames will be available in three options: Mini: 45x118x9.7mm, Medium: 68x141x9.7mm and Large: 91x164x9.7mm.
The phone will be released soon, having a 5.9inches display with 2,560×1,440pixels and 496ppi, a 13MP back camera and a 2.1MP front camera, possibly a 64-bit Denver Tegra K1 chip and a non-removable Li-Po battery.