US$299 Project S smartphone promises true-octa core processor and 5.8-inch WQHD display

BungBungame Project SCanonical may have failed to bring its high-end Ubuntu Edge to reality when its failed to meet its US$32 million crowdfunding goal but that has not deterred another company from trying the same. BungBungame, a Taiwanese company that specializes mobile applications and tablets design, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a US$299 Project S smartphone that promises some impressive specifications.

Our reason for starting Project S is simple: there are no low-cost and high quality smartphone that meets most of consumers’ needs. In fact, all high-tech smartphones are a staggering $750~$849, rendering them unaffordable to most customers.

In 2012, we decided to design a solution to this problem ourselves. With your help, we will be ready to take Project S into production.

Let’s have a look at those promised specifications:

  • Processor: True octa-core
  • Operating system: Not specified but with touchless gesture control
  • Other connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, NFC-FeliCa (contactless IC card technology), DLNA
  • Display: 5.8-inch WQHD (2560×1440)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal storage: 32GB
  • External storage: MicroSD cards up to 64GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 16MP
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Colors: Black, White
  • Other: Wireless charging (Qi-certified), IR blaster, Dust and waterproof (IP55/58)

The operating system would presumably be Android but is not specified at this point.

While the specifications are impressive, it’s likely that we’ll see one more more smartphones sporting some of these within the next year. With full production slated to start in October 2014, these may not be completely unreasonable. There is a bigger question mark hanging over the price of the Project S. Could it really sell for US$299 outright?

The Project S smartphone Indiegogo campaign is looking to raise US$5 million by January 11, 2014. At this point, it has only raised US$$4,899, suggesting that there is healthy pessimism that this project can be successful. Should BungBungame be successful in not only successfully funding this project but on delivering this smartphone to market, it could well have one of the most desirable smartphones of 2014 on its hands.

Sources : Indiegogo // CNET


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