Google’s Project Ara is back in news. This time around, it has silently visited the prominent GFXBench benchmark test site, revealing key configuration details.
The Project Ara tablet was initiated to create a “modular smartphone” consisting of swappable hardware components. Although, this device was one of rumor mill’s favorite topics at some point, it faded down eventually.
In general, every year, device owners try to buy the refreshed version of their favorite smartphone series with top-of-the-shelf configurations and minimal design changes, which will eventually become outdated in a year.
With modular handsets, device owners will have to change only the particular hardware component which needs a refresh. The cost associated with buying only the required component will also be less. For example, Project Ara will allow users to change only the processor or camera unit, similar to how users change a microSD card, Phone Arena reported.
Google’s Ara team recently stated that the first device from this group will be introduced sometime in 2016. Most probably, Google might use the developer I/O conference scheduled for late May to make any announcement on this, in case the device is ready, Slash Gear reported.
According to the GFXBench listing, a testing unit of the Project Era tablet passed the site with a 13.8-inch display and a full HD screen resolution. Under the hood, this slate will apparently come powered by a Snapdragon 810 chipset, working in tandem with an octa-core processor and backed by 3 GB of RAM. The site also said there would be a 4.8-megapixel front-facing camera unit, in addition to a 0.3-megapixel VGA shooter at the back.