Google’s Project Ara photos and specs

If you weren’t aware of Google’s Project Ara, it was a smartphone project that hoped to bring modular to the masses. But after years of development and delays, Google abandoned the project, but that has left a lot of longtime fans of the project (myself included, obviously) wondering about what the device could have been.

Google has shown off the Project Ara phone officially before, but concrete specs had never really been detailed. Today it seems that the unfinished phone’s specifications have been discovered by the team over at Phandroid who were also able to take quite a few pictures for what are likely the best look yet that most people have gotten at Google’s fabled modular handset.


This Project Ara phone with a listed model number of A8A01 is being powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor, the same chipset that can be found within last year’s Nexus 6P as well as a few other top-end flagship devices from last year. This is being paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, puts it seemingly on par with other 2015 flagship phones in most respects. The device on show here also carried a 5.46-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 making this a Full HD screen. This setup was powered by a 3,450mAh battery.

Phandroid says this is probably a developer version of the device that they have running Android 7.0 Nougat. The only part where the phone seemed to be oddly lacking was with the camera modules, as the specs are listed as a 2.1MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera both capable of 1080p video capture but that was the whole point of the device. Specs shouldn’t matter, and users should be able to swap those away.

Spec sheet

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994)
Storage 32GB internal
Display 5.46-inch,  1080 x 1920 (403 dpi), TFT-LCD OTM1906C
Camera Rear camera: 2.1 MP (16:9 aspect ratio), fixed-focus lens, 1080p video capture
Front camera: 5.0 MP (4:3 aspect ratio), fixed focus lens, 1080p video capture
Battery 3,450 mAh
Dimensions 152 x 74 x 12.5 mm (without camera module)
Weight 190 grams (approximate)
Connectivity WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), NFC
Sensors GPS, barrometer, light, gyroscope, proximity, accelerometer, magnometer, pressure, gravity,
Ports 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C
Audio  Front-facing mono speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack, dual microphone
Buttons  Power, volume rocker, module release
Android 7.0 (NMR1), API Level 24, Security Patch 2016-08-05

The canceled smartphone even had a headphone jack, along with US Type – C. All in all, it could’ve given some of the flagships a run for their money had it been made public but unfortunately, they didn’t. Phandroid is taking questions at the moment and promise to soon make a video answering those questions. Head over to their website or YouTube channel and post your questions.

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