Update: Before you start reading this story, it is Important to note that the project now stays canceled and you cannot back the same. After a quick check, we found that the reason could be the copyright issues from different OEM’s who claim that Mana Velocity Co. Ltd. has not taken permissions from them nor have done any business with them.
If you take a look at the following tweet from the Ulefone brand that has been launching series of Smartphones in China, it is clear that their Phone’s box and the unit was featured on the crowd funding page, while there was no permission taken. Worst part is that the logo’s from the mentioned brands ie QIKU & Ulefone were removed and the photos were shown as prototype designs. We have already contacted the brand for an official update on the same.
— ulefone Mobile (@ulefoneMobile) September 21, 2016
Mana Velocity Co. Ltd. has just launched their new Kickstarter project where they have announced the V1 Smartphone at Euro 325 with some amazing specifications. The Idea of launching a premium Smartphone began in 2015 that went from concept to prototype to fundraising stage this year while the phone will start shipping by November 2016. According to the company, this is their first phone that would come with some very high-end hardware specifications while the processor that’s mentioned to be Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (will be upgraded to 823 if available).
Let’s talk about the product now. The Phone dubbed as the Velocity One, or the V1 runs on Stock Android 6.0 later which would be upgraded to Android Nougat. The boot-strapped brand needs support in the form of backers who would help them raise money to take this project from a concept to reality with the goals of raising a minimum of €300,000 while they do have stretch goals upto €600.000. The Company promises of optimizing the hardware to get the maximum performance ensuring that the device performs like a beast. No doubt they have promised some amazing specifications starting with 8GB of RAM.
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (will be upgraded to 823 if available)
- Memory: 8GB RAM / 64 GB onboard
- Screen: 5.5″ OLED 2K, 2.5D
- Rear Camera: 2x 16MP Sony
- Front Camera: 8MP
- Battery: 3350 mAh
- Expandable storage slot
- Bottom High-definition audio
- Supersonic fingerprint scanner by Qualcomm
- Dual Micro SIM
- NFC support
- Wireless QI Charging
- Quick charging 3.0
- Bluetooth 4.2 LE
- GPS enabled
- All GSM frequencies supported
- Stock Android 6.0 (will be upgraded to 7.0 with OTA)
The device that is supposedly unlocked will be working all over the world & hence you could back it up from any location and get your hands on it by the year end. Based on the Specs & the Camera Samples mentioned looks like the Dual-Camera Setup with 16MP Sony Sensor, the phone is expected to outperform the Samsung‘s Galaxy S7 itself. A quick look on the photos & you would find some close inspirations with the Qiku & Ulefone Smartphones, but this is clearly mentioned by the company that they have licensed their usage since their own phone’s final design is not yet available.
While we wanted to create our very own smartphone we didn’t achieve this completely. We partnered up with Dragon Innovation and Shapeprototype to create an OEM phone with an existing design. However, we improved the PCB and the design itself so it will be our own. Design rights and the rights to use pictures have been paid to Qiku and Ulefone. Please understand that this is an OEM (Original equipment manufacturer) device, so the designs of two phones have been mixed and used to create the V1.
If you are interesting in backing this project, head over to the link mentioned below & pledge based on what suits your requirements.