Create an Android smartphone to your liking

We've all had the problem of finding just the right smartphone for ourselves. One may be rich in features but may lack a good camera. Another may not have enough storage. Or perhaps you just want to go against the system and have a one-and-only unique phone. A new company, Synapse-Phones places you in the developer's seat of your very own Android-based smartphone.

Synapse-Phones gives you a base phone to start off with running Android 2.2. From there, you can pick and choose in all of these categories:

  • Mobile - Choose anywhere from 3G GSM to 4G with LTE or WiMAX. The option to include WiFi is also there.
  • Camera - How many MP? These cameras can record in 720p, so it just depends how crystal-clear you would like it. You may also add a camera flash or Front Facing camera.
  • Multimedia - Mini-HDMI Out? FM Radio? Audio-Out? Whatever you would like. Also a choice for a mobile television technology.
  • Built in Storage and Working Memory - Store data and make use of it!

Other components include the type of battery, size of microSD card, and what color you would like your phone to be. Currently Synapse-Phones has postponed the ability to take in pre-orders due to the sheer volume of orders they are reportedly getting, however they do note that you should be able to pre-order again quite soon.

The first batch of the custom Android smartphones is scheduled to go out in the middle of Q1 2011, with a base price of 299.00

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I suspect if you get the unit, your warranty won't be good for long. With cheap chinese manufacturing with lack of QA - who knows what would happen.

IT seems there would be like 2-3 mainboards, and likely 5-6 configs of each to accomplish entertaining said features available on the site. Seems weird they are doing individual orders tho, not a minimum quantity. It costs a lot to run a fab line to make 1 device.
I guess if you look at whats in a cellphone tho the components if bought by the K can be had very cheaply, and if you could afford to make 5k of each available config off the bat...

Be careful of this people, there are elements that seem a little dodgy. Over at the following forums someone states that they know the creator who has never done business before and apparently has some sort of dodgy contract with a Chinese company. It could all be nonsense and I hope it is (Love the idea of this) but be aware

http://goo.gl/ZVi0

I made my suggestions:

For example, people should be able to:
Choose also not to have a camera (some people can't have a cam on their phones)
Choose also not to have a microsd (the default is 4GB microsd), myself I choosed 32GB inbuilt and feel that it's not needed for now to have a microsd (by the way, I already have one)
We need to know what's the cpu and gpu that comes with
The USB should be 3.0, Bluetooth also 3.0
The standard RAM should be 512MB instead of 256MB
Android should be 2.2 min with a free upgrade to 2.3 and 3.0
They also need to tell if DVB-T is compatible with mpeg4. Cause in my country, Portugal, the DVB-T is only compa tible with mpeg4

RuuddieBoy said,
This looks amazingly cheap! I wonder what's the catch.

It's probably consist of cheap mass produced Chinese internals.

Techniq said,

It's probably consist of cheap mass produced Chinese internals.

As opposed to most other phones which only use parts sourced from the finest electronic factories of Kent?

empty said,

As opposed to most other phones which only use parts sourced from the finest electronic factories of Kent?


yeah lolol, some guys must live on the far side of the endor moon

Something doesn't add up.. they seem a hell of a lot cheaper than other manufacturers.

1GHz processor
4" capacitive SLCD
AGPS
3G + WiFi b/g/n
12MP camera with Xenon flash
2MP front facing camera
3.5mm audio out/FM radio/mini HDMI out
32GB storage
4GB MicroSD card
1500mAh battery

518.92 euros (£453)

Actually, you pay more for their inconsistent production line caused by various combination of customizations.

And the application ecosystem will be corrupted by different spec of same model, someone may not have enough memory to run this at all!. And if they provide an option that ships without any camera, just for example, those apps rely on camera are definitely not gonna run on your phone.

Good concept, but I wonder how well it sells.

The same level of fragmentation is a core part of the Android ecosystem... You don't write your app for one Android handset... You do it to ones with a certain spec, much like PC development.

Frazell Thomas said,
The same level of fragmentation is a core part of the Android ecosystem... You don't write your app for one Android handset... You do it to ones with a certain spec, much like PC development.

Much like a PC already, but the question is, so soon?

The cell radio description was written by somebody without any knowledge of the wireless industry.
1. There is no 3G or 4G GSM. The only upgrade path for GSM is 3G UMTS and 3.9G LTE...
2. LTE and WiMAX are not 4G, they are 3.9G
3. LTE Advanced is the only truly 4G standard that is closest to being deployd.

Official designations are minorly important... GSM EDGE is considered 3G officially, but operates so slow that it is considered 2G by the majority of users...

And what makes it 3G if it isn't designated as such? You might as well call FM radio high definition audio because it sounds clear.

Tanooki said,
This looks really interesting, next time i renew, i may just look into it

Yeah, you can get one GIGABYTE of RAM! In your phone!!

Microsoft has some pretty specific guidelines as to what a WP7 device must be. This level of customization simply wouldn't be allowed.

Xinok said,
Microsoft has some pretty specific guidelines as to what a WP7 device must be. This level of customization simply wouldn't be allowed.

Here are the requirements for WP7. These customization pretty much all suppor that. It would be easy to say "Requires more Flash Space to run WP7."

Capacitive Touch: 4 or more contact points
Sensors: A-GPS, Accelerometer, Compass, Light, Proximity
Camera: 5 megapixels or more, Camera with a flash and dedicated camera button
Multimedia: Common detailed specs, Codec acceleration
Memory: 256 MB, 8 GB Flash or more
GPU: DirectX 9 acceleration
Processor: ARMv7 Cortex/Scorpion or better
2 screen sizes: 480×800 WVGA, 480×320 HVGA
Keyboard: Optional
Hardware Buttons: Must be fixed on the face

Brandon said,
Cool... but expensive

not really.
most new smartphones are around the £400 mark sim free, so for this fully customisable phone (which i just customised to my needs and got a quote for 388 euros) these are relatively inexpensive tbh.

MurrayB said,

not really.
most new smartphones are around the £400 mark sim free, so for this fully customisable phone (which i just customised to my needs and got a quote for 388 euros) these are relatively inexpensive tbh.


not fully customizable. you can't select display size and performance hardware. that's the most important. display is too big and it doesn't say anything about CPU and GPU cores. "1GHz" doesn't say anything.

endtype said,
This is really good...but it sucks if you have a CDMA service

Why? It has support for WiMax which is for Sprint's 4G Network.