Crowdsourced funding failure Quasar IV headed to China Mobile?

Crowdsourced funding failure Quasar IV headed to China Mobile?
The Quasar IV, from a company called QSAlpha, attempted to raise funding for the super-encrypted smartphone on Indiegogo. When Indiegogo turned into Indienono, it was time for the manufacturer to look elsewhere. And wouldn't you know it, right off the bat it seems that there is interest in the phone from the largest mobile carrier in the world, China Mobile.

The phone is going into production even though there is no signed deal with China Mobile yet, and will start shipping in the second quarter of 2014. The folks that are usually generous in backing Indiegogo projects couldn't come up with the $3.2 million that the manufacturer was trying to raise via crowdsourced funding. But instead of the money, let's look at the specs!

The Quasar IV comes with 64GB or 128GB of encrypted native storage along with 128GB of encrypted cloud based storage. The Android 4.3 based QuaOS is pre-installed on the device and is a combination of Android, Linux and the Quatrix encryption software. The phone is equipped with a 5 inch IGZO display with 1080 x 1920 resolution and a quad-core 2.3GHz CPU drives the handset, which offers 3GB of RAM. There is a dual 13MP camera setup in back for advanced augmented reality use and a 3300mAh battery keeps the lights on for quite a while. IP57 certification means it is water and dust repellant. 

Sounds pretty beastly, right? At Indiegogo, $495 could get you a 64GB model by April. That used to be $345 but QSAlpha got desperate when the funding started to fall far short. With 7 days left, $67,000 has been raised of the $3.2 million funding goal.

source: Indiegogo, Engadget



6. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Why a encrypted mobile phone if almos all your data are on the cloud?

5. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

"if a ninja had a phone what would it look like, what features would it have". So this phone is marketed to ninjas? how many people fit this demographic? Great tech ideas but the few glimpses of the device look like something from the Battlestar Galactica (the original TV series from a few decades ago)

4. jackwins

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I'm looking forward to this device, so much so I contributed to the indigogo campaign. The specs are really nice, but I wonder what the high end device specs will be 2Q of 2014.

7. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

4GB of RAM, 64 Bit, 128GB of built in memory with the option to expand and 1440pp displays for flagship phones exceeding 6 inches in size and screen bezel will almost be completely unnoticeable with the screen taking almost the entire front face.These are Android specs, for WP8 who knows, a revolutionary cortana and a Surface Phone maybe? IPhone will most likely have 2 or more gigs of RAM with a edge to edge larger screen.

3. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

off topic... how do you set an avatar for your phonearena account??

2. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Hope it comes to Europe. Read about this a month ago on android authority but PA never devoted an article to it.

1. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Great looking forward to it.

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