2015 is set to be the year that Google’s Project Ara enters the hands of consumers, and to kick off the year rumour has it that Google is heading to MWC to show off the latest version of their modular handset and the modules that’ll be used on the device.
Google are expected to display 50 modular components at the event, from processors, to camera modules, to batteries, and more, presumably. While not all of these modules will be in working condition, we are expecting to see a working version of the modular handset, which we’re pretty excited about.
For those who don’t know, Project ARA is a modular smartphone where users can upgrade individual components on the device such as RAM, GPU, the display, and other components, by simply sliding them in and out of a “spine” and swapping them with a new one.
Earlier this week Toshiba announced that it had partnered up with Gujarat chipmaker Einfochips to produce the chips for the Project Ara handsets. Toshiba also have to versions of the phone, the Spiral One and the Spiral Two, there’s also a Spiral Three in the works with it and Spiral 2 going on sale to the public, says Toshiba’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Shardul Kazi.
Kazi has also revealed that modules will be priced from around $50 to $500 and will be adjusted to make them “reasonable” to users. Last year, it was revealed that aside from the battery, the CPU, and the display, other modular parts can be exchanged and swapped out on the fly.
The Mobile World Congress is set to take place in Barcelona on March 2-5