July 30, 2014

Unexpected manufacturer to provide Project Ara processors

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It looks like neither Qualcomm, Nvidia, Intel or MediaTek will be providing the processors for Google’s upcoming Project Ara. It turns out Toshiba has been partnered with Google ever since the project began to provide the right types of chips for the modular phone that can support the many electric signals being transferred from one slot to the next.

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Toshiba say it will provide three different types of chips for the phone, probably varying in speed.

The story is accompanied with the fact that Ara phones will start as cheap as $50, but this is probably for the bare-bones of the phone and will not include any additional parts. Each Ara phone will have 5-10 module slots, probably depending on the size of which one you get. Google did confirm that Ara will come in three sizes, small, medium, and phablet. While we don’t know the exact dimensions of each, we can assume the small will be around 4-4.3 inches, the medium around 4.7-5 inches and phablet around 5.5 inches.

Source: Nikkei