Dream machine: $350 could score you a smartphone with a 2K display, 8GB RAM, SD-823 & more


In their ongoing efforts to outdo one another, today's flagship smartphone vendors go to all kinds of lengths. Indeed, many contemporary high-enders arrive with top-notch processors, swathes of RAM and super-sharp displays that out-pixel many traditional TV sets. Often, such excesses are included merely to sound good on paper, rather than offering anything of substance to the general experience. Still, it's tough not to get a little excited at the specs race, and one start-up wants your help to create what would likely be the most power-laden smartphone on earth. 

For an early bird price of 349 Euro ($363), Kickstarter-based Mana is looking to make waves with its Velocity One (V1) handset. For a price around half that of an entry-level iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S7, Mana believes it can offer a feature-rich experience complete with the premium housing we've come to appreciate from the likes of Apple and Samsung. 

Though we're naturally skeptical as to how Mana would be able to make its dream a reality within the $363 margin, the company doesn't intend to scrimp in any sense of the word. Under the hood will sit Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 (SD-823 if available in time for manufacture), 64 GB of expandable storage and a gigantic 8 GB RAM. 

Elsewhere, Mana says that its V1 aspirations will stretch to a 5.5-inch, 2.5D display of 2K resolution, and there will apparently be two 16-megapixel rear cameras allied to an 8-megapixel effort for selfies. Along with the usual array of connectivity -- NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, 4G and the like -- the 3350 mAh battery will also be furnished with wireless and quick-charging capabilities. 

Additional trimmings include a high-definition audio, fingerprint scanner and IP68 protection against the elements. It is mentioned that the V1 may launch with Android 6 Marshmallow on board, though the Mana Kickstarter page does mention that the latest Nougat will be available over-the-air at some point. 

It all sounds a little far-fetched and idealistic at the moment; the word that quickly springs to mind is vaporware. Having said that, it appears that Mana is trying to follow in OnePlus' footsteps and build a solid community of enthusiasts behind its dream product, and we'd certainly love to see this chock-full device step out of the imagination. 

Hitherto, backers have pledged a total of €17,091 towards the eventual €300,000 goal. There's still almost one month left to run before the crowdfunding effort ends, and if you'd like to see this product reach some kind of fruition, you can go ahead and back the project by clicking the source link below. 

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31 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Vaporware never looked so enticing....... I'd give it a 0.3% chance of making it to the general public.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I saw this a few days earlier on a Dutch tech site and they all agreed, fake. Most of the renders shown in the pics are promo photos of other phones with their logos removed.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Well damn.........thanks for the tip. I'm gonna go cry in my car for two hours, then go to DQ and get a blizzard :(.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

BTW, I just noticed the guy's fingers in pic #9. They look super gross......like his middle digit is bending the wrong way or something. Cringe worthy photo shopping at it's finest.

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Thanks for making me notice that... it can't be unseen lol

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Make sure you thaw you fingers before using your phone. You don't wanna drop it :-))

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right... even if they deliver (probably by late 2017, after they remove 2 or 3 of above feature, lol..), with questionable performance UI, most likely bad camera, and user won't get any android/security updates or any service support... If people want cheap flagship and doesn't care about brand just get LeMax2, it has SD820, 4GB RAM, 2k screen, and other flagship spec and still cost less than $350 even after counting shipping+tax (or get Mi5, axon7, OP3 or zuk z2)

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'd buy that for a dollar!

3. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

The Snapdragon 823 was never a real product. It was just the rumored name for the 821, which is already out.

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Of all the things that will never happen, this is the one that will never happen the most.

6. TerryTerius unregistered

Well, they could pull a Xiaomi and plan on making their money on something else besides their hardware. That could explain the price tag. But yeah... most likely vaporware.

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Hope they don't end up like Saygus.

8. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Can't have wireless charging and a metal back

9. xocomaox

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Actually you can. They make a special composite metal to manage it.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Qualcomm had worked out something that would allow it last year, right around the time last year's Nexus devices came out. Some were hoping the 6p might implement it, but it had just been announced so the lead time was too short. I'm not sure if it's the same composite metal that xocomaox is referring to or not, but there is supposedly an alternative that would allow for it.

12. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I stopped reading at Kickstarter.

15. rsiders

Posts: 1931; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

If it looks too good to be true or worth your money, it probably is.

17. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

What where is Mr.headphone jack? Or is this just another one of those things...joke.

18. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

He just want the money to buy a Lambo.

19. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Oh look a OnePlus 4

20. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Unrelated but, after the OnePlus 4 comes out next year, will the price of the OP3 be lowered?

24. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

By ~30 *insert currency here* Not much

21. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Saygus, is that you?

22. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Apparently you need to add $300 to the price of you want it to work on Verizon.

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The OnePlus 4 will probably be released by the time this goes live. I'd much rather wait for that than go for a first-timer on the market with no materialized products nor reviews... BTW, doesn't look to even be equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

25. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Pic 7 you can see the cutout for the headphone jack on the top of the phone.

26. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Good eye, thanks for pointing that out.

27. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

I'll take a Turing Phone Cadenza instead. If I'm going to support a vaporware kickstarter project I might as well pick the one with completely outlandish specs.

29. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

vaporware? hugely expensive iphones are vaporware that people are actually ridiculously paying money for..

30. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

"Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator about 3 hours ago." - from Kickstarter

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