After what felt like years of Google promising to make Project Ara a commercial reality, the rug was pulled out from under us a couple of months ago when Google confirmed that work on Project Ara had been suspended. We’re still not 100% sure why that is the case as Google is still remaining mum on that topic, but either way that’s pretty much the end of that.
However for those wondering what we could have expected, you’ll be pleased to learn that the folks at Phandroid have managed to get their hands on a Project Ara device and have uploaded a bunch of photos of what the phone looks like in real life, as well as share some of the specs that we could have come to expect.
Now right off the bat it is clear that Project Ara’s focus is definitely not on thinness as the phone is by no means thin compared to other devices out there. However despite that we have to say that it looks pretty good. The modules connect via a magnet that sticks out at a 90-degree angle so that they stay securely in place when attached.
As for the specs, the model they had was powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It also came with a 5.46-inch Full HD display with a 3,450mAh battery. Note that these aren’t exactly the most powerful specs, although we can’t say for sure if these would have been the final specs ahead of its release.
Either way it is a pity that the phone will not be released for now. Note that Google confirmed that they had suspended their plans, meaning there’s a chance it could be revived in the future. However given the lack of success we’re seeing from other modular phones like the LG G5 and Moto Z, maybe not launching Project Ara commercially wasn’t such a bad idea after all.