It’s been a really long time since we’ve heard about Google’s Project Ara, the modular smartphone concept. While it was expected to launch in early 2015, the first commercial Project Ara based smartphone it yet to see the light of the day. We seen the working prototypes at developer conferences, in blog posts, but now a mysterious tablet based on Project Ara was recently spotted on benchmarking website GFXBench.
Carrying a model number A8A01, the alleged tablet flaunts a 13.8-inch full HD (1080p) display. Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 1.9GHz octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 430 GPU. In terms of internal storage, the benchmark shows 10GB and 25GB, both of which don’t make sense.
The benchmark also reveals a 0.3-megapixel rear camera and a 4.8-megapixel front facing shooter. With usual set of sensors and connectivity options such as Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC, the tablet was spotted running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.
As of now, it’s difficult to say if such device will ever be released or maybe it’s a prototype that someone at Google might be testing. However, the sudden appearance of Project Ara does suggest that the project is still alive. With Google I/O set to take place on May 18-20 later this year, we could expect to hear details about developments related to Project Ara.