Aug 10, 2015
One of the cool things about having a mostly open-sourced OS that can be used across manufacturers is that one can see it legitimately appropriated on varying hardware.
Which leads to one of my hobbies: raiding Kickstarter for Android-powered smartphone projects. I am a huge fan of crowdfunding — it is the ultimate ode to responsible consumerism — and seeing it manifested in new mobile technology pieces is somewhat gratifying.
UBIK hit the wires a short while ago with an Android project to adore: an unlocked smartphone named UNO. Interestingly, UNO has already hit the 75% funding mark; specifically, it has raised more than $150,000 of its $200,000 goal via more than 500 backers, which is especially impressive considering the fact that it still has more than three weeks of funding time left.
It’s not too hard to see why the upcoming device is garnering the support of tech enthusiasts willing to put their cash where their mouths are. It’s Kickstarter website also doubles as a portal with which the company keeps a pulse on fan sentiment. One result of this feedback led the company to reduce the price point of the device from $345 to $298.
UBIK is also using incentives (like including a free case with a pledge for the UNO for sharing the campaign on social media), and has added a stretch goal that bundles a free tempered glass screen protector if 150% funding mark is reached.
So, what does the UNO bring to the table? Of course, one gets our favorite mobile OS, specifically stock 5.1 Lollipop, one piece no-bezel frame, 5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 Gorilla Glass display, an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB onboard memory (expandable to 64GB via microSD), 20MP main camera and other consumer-friendly trappings like NFC and Bluetooth. In other words, it doesn’t seem to be sacrificing the extras due to price.
This is one folks will really want to keep an eye on.
We know we will.