At Droidcon this past Friday, a prototype of the first bamboo smartphone, the ADzero, was revealed. The Android smartphone will be powered by a 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 4 quad-core processor, the same one in the popular Samsung Galaxy S III. Basically, this is no low-performance novelty smartphone, but the real deal made with more sustainable materials.
The ADzero will feature a 4.5 inch display, 1 GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The operating system will either be Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or the open-source AD Android Operating System (ADAOS). The latter is what the developers, AD Creative, have used to build the prototype's custom operating system.
To fund the launch of the ADzero, the makers are going to go where so many other successful technology start-ups have gone: Kickstarter. Through the campaign ADzero will be offering the usual tiers of donations, along with the chance at first-run devices. Gizmag reports, "Things get interesting at US$500 for the "Early Bird Special," a $200 discount from the final retail version, assuming it sells for $700 – the "approximate" eventual price, according to its makers. One imagines these Specials will be limited in number. Alternatively, a $300 deposit can be laid down against an ADzero phone, for an eventual sum of $600 (still a $100 saving). Limited edition phones can be had for $700 for the duration of the campaign."
The creators haven't announced the start date of the Kickstarter campaign, yet.
Here is the full list of specs, though some of this could change by the time the phone goes to production:
Processor: 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 4 (quad-core)
Display: 4.5-inch TFT LCD with 720x1280 HD Resolution, 326ppi
Handset Dimensions: 134 x 68 x 11.8 mm
Operating System: Stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich + ADAOS (Open Bootloader)
Networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; UMTS/HSPA+ 1900/2100 MHz
Memory: 1 GB DDR2
Storage: 16 GB internal storage
Battery capacity: 2050 mAh
Cameras: Rear-facing 8MP f/2.0 back illuminated sensor with RingFlash, 0.3MP front-facing camera