Project Ara started as a secret project over at Motorola Mobility which then brought Kickstarter star, PhoneBloks into the fold. Now, it looks like Project Ara may not be the only contender in the modular device arena. A Finnish company named Vsenn has announced their plans to bring a modular device centered on security to the market. Vsenn is co-founded by an unnamed program manager of the Nokia X program.
The company is more than eager to get going in the modular phone arena. The main difference between Vsenn and Google’s Project Ara? Security. The main feature of Vsenn’s device is their focus is on providing the user with a secure Android experience. This comes in the form of triple layer encryption to protect the data on the device as well as access to a virtual private network (VPN) and also a secure cloud.
In addition to security, the device Vsenn will be making will come with swappable modules. At the time of writing, Vsenn has promised that there will be three swappable modules: the camera, battery and processor/RAM. The back cover of the device will also be easily changeable.
Aside from the modularity of the device, Vsenn is promising quick and regular updates to their device which will be running vanilla Android for 4 years from the release. This will come in their in-house approved ROM partner (ARP) program. According to Vsenn, the ROMs which come under their ARP program will maintain advanced proprietary function such as noise reduction algorithms which will come with the Vsenn software. Of course, when it comes to Android and custom ROMs, another question arises – what about getting root access and warranty? Typically, when it comes to Android devices, rooting your device would result in your warranty being voided. With Vsenn, however, that will not be the case. The Vsenn device will be rooted from the get go; allowing the user to install and replace their ROMs to their liking.
All Vsenn devices come with # ROOT from the factory. pic.twitter.com/cRbkpN40wq
— Vsenn (@Vsenn_Official) November 22, 2014
The first group of developers hopping on ARP program is Android Open Source Paranoid Android (AOSPA). AOSPA is a well known custom ROM community known for having a myriad of customisation options – which undoubtedly will fit with Vsenn’s mission. The hallmarks of the ROM are their implementation of “Pie Controls” which gives the user 100% of their screen real estate instead of using the soft keys that come with Android. In addition, they have what they call “Immersive Mode” which allows the user to hide all status and notification bars throughout their ROM.
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First the screen size then the resolution.
example: 5.2 FHD pic.twitter.com/5zffB7fLCY
— Vsenn (@Vsenn_Official) November 24, 2014
The device will be coming with a 4.7 inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. However, Vsenn has started a poll on other sizes and resolutions that will be coming. They have given options of Full HD resolution displays and also Quad HD displays with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. However, they have outlined their objectives and priorities quite clearly and will be focusing on creating displays with industry leading outdoors visibility, maximum brightness and contrast with realistic color reproduction. In addition to this, they have said that they will “not go into the pointless and nonsense PPI wars” and will focus on “bringing the best possible screen for a smartphone to the market” prioritising performance and battery life.
Probably one of the most compelling features of the Vsenn is that the device will truly be a global device “without any of the nonsense region locks and specific hardware specs for different global areas”. This comes with the promise of the device being priced at a lower price that the current market leaders in the mobile industry. Something we are all but familiar with thanks to devices like the OnePlus One and the Xiaomi Mi 3.
The device is sounding really compelling at this juncture but we will have to wait and see. There hasn’t been any release on how the device will look as of yet. You can bet we’ll be keeping an eye on this.
So, are you excited about the Vsenn? Will you be getting one?