Google Project Ara release date speculated in May; specifications and features surface

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People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014.
People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Google is long rumoured to be working on a modular smartphone called Project Ara. Even though the rumour mill has been silent on the progress of the modular phone from Google, a GFX Bench benchmark report of the supposed smartphone has revealed that the search engine giant is currently testing the device.

The team behind Project Ara had revealed through Twitter that its first modular device would be launched this year. Speculations are rife that Google may make an announcement on the reported device during the Google I/O event in May.

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According to the GFX Bench benchmark report, the so-called Project Ara device would be a tablet with a 13.8-inch screen. It will be supporting a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, Slash Gear reported.

It will be powered by Snapdragon 810 chipset that will include an octa-core processor working at 1.9 GHz along with Adreno 430 graphics. The SoC will be supported by 3 GB of RAM. The device is listed as Google Project Ara (A8A01) on GFX Bench and it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.

The GFX Bench listing has also shown that the device will be coming with a front-facing shooter of 4.8 MP. On the rear, it will be housing a 0.3 MP camera. 

Since the Project Ara device sports a huge display, speculations indicate that it will a tablet that will carry a SIM card slot.  Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient sensor, pedometer, barometer and gyroscope.

Google first announced the ambitious project in 2013 and since the details of a supposed Project Ara tablet has surfaced, the company is expected to release it this year.

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