Customize the Hardware on This Android Phone
A new phone slated to ship early next year will allow users to specify the hardware configuration they want on their device.
Due in February from German Synapse-Phones, the Synapse One will run Android 2.2, or Froyo. It will come standard with a 10.16cm, 4-inch SuperAMOLED multitouch-sensitive screen with 480x800 WVGA resolution. Featuring a 1GHz processor, the device will also sport two built-in microphones along with a compass, accelerometer, and sensors for ambient light and proximity.
AGPS and an SD 2.0-compatible microSD memory card will also be standard parts of the handset, with support for up to 32GB. The phone reportedly will also be rooted by default with an unlocked bootloader, giving users administrative access and the ability to change the phone's software in ways that traditionally wouldn't be allowed, according to Android Guys,
Pricing on the device begins at 299 euros including shipping, but the cost for any one user will depend on the other hardware components he or she requests.
Preorders are being accepted now--and the phone would likely work in the United States--according to Droid Gamers--though Synapse-Phones' Website is currently down due to high traffic volumes. Google's cache, however, still provides a snapshot of what's available. Synapse-Phones confirmed via e-mail that the phone will be available for U.S. users.
LED or Xenon Flash
Specifically, buyers of the Synapse One can choose anything from 3G - GSM Quadband and HSDPA with 7.2Mbs down, for example--which comes free--up to 4G - GSM Quadband and WiMAX, which is 30 euros extra. Bluetooth 2.1 comes at no charge, but users can request Bluetooth 3.0 for 15 euros extra. Then there's WLAN, which is priced at 20 euros for WLAN b/g or 35 euros for WLAN b/g/n.
A 5 megapixel camera with no flash comes at no extra cost, but users can order 8 megapixel for 20 euros or 12 megapixel versions for 35 euros; LED and Xenon flash are priced at a further 10 or 20 euros.
A 2 megapixel front camera is available as an option for 15 euros, while multimedia options include 3.5mm Audio-Out and FM Radio, each for 5 euros, as well as Mini-HDMI Out for 15 euros. Mobile television options cost 15 euros extra, and there are further possibilities for built-in and working memory, as well as up to 32GB microSD-Card capacity, the type of front buttons used, body color and more.
The phone's quad-band radio will work on U.S. GSM carriers including T-Mobile and AT&T, Android Guys reports.
In Video: A Look Inside Android 2.2 "Froyo"
No ‘Fragmentation' Problem Here
In a world where computer customization is standard through the likes of Dell--as, indeed, is customization in myriad other aspects of life--it's exciting to see a vendor bring such capabilities to the world of smartphones, giving both business and individual users a way to get whatever best fits their needs.
This won't be anything you'll see from Apple, you can be sure. What was that you said about fragmentation being a problem, Mr. Jobs?
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