If you like your smartphones highly specced, Christmas has just come early – this one has an unprecedented 6GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage.
Except, well, it doesn’t, because it doesn’t exist. Yet.
Dubbed the Symetium, it’s an Indiegogo project from a bunch of Gothenburg-based techies who have apparently taken the book entitled “compromises” and hurled it into the bin. Then poured lighter fluid in the bin. Then chucked a lit match in the bin.
Let’s look at this thing. It’s got a 5in 1080p OLED screen, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM, a dust- and waterproof build, USB Type-C connector, front-facing stereo speakers, 24MP rear camera, 5MP front camera and up to 256GB of built-in storage.
It runs on Android 6.0 M, or rather an adapted version of it that the makers call SymetiumOS. This has been designed not only with mobile use in mind, but as a desktop OS. Because here’s another thing about the Symetium: it’s designed to replace your PC as well as your smartphone.
The phone will connect to external screens via HDMI or wireless adapter, and you can hook up a mouse and PC too. The OS, meanwhile, turns its apps drawer into a desktop-style file explorer.
Looking at the Indiegogo page for the phone, it’s hard not to feel sceptical about the whole thing. Does anyone really want their Android phone doubling as a desktop PC? One that’s unable to run Windows and Mac apps? And when every major phone manufacturer is hovering around the 3 to 4GB mark for RAM for their fastest, most powerful devices, does a tiny startup from Sweden really know how best to utilise a stonking 6GB of RAM? Indeed, will the campaign manage to hit its rather large funding goal of US$1,250,000?
The makers say that, should it reach the target, the first batch of Symetium handsets will go out to backers in August 2016. At the time of writing, backing the project to the tune of US$599 will secure you an early bird 64GB phone, while backing US$999 will bag a top of the range 256GB model with keyboard/mouse case, travel case, docking station and wireless display adapter.