Sion claims that it has developed a quad-core Android smartphone with enough power to rival the Galaxy S3. Why do you care? Well, because the company is offering the device unlocked and contract free for $299.
The smartphone in question is called the Sion V1sion, and it's equipped with a Samsung Exynos 4 Quad (Exynos 4412) processor. Interestingly enough, the specs are virtually identical to the ADZero, a unique Bamboo skinned phone. Jerry Lao, a member of the same team that came up with the ADZero, is now part of the Sion team, as well.
This is all going to be possible thanks to crowdfunding, or at least the team at Sion's hopes so. The number of backers that the IndieGoGo campaign garners will determine the final price of the V1sion.
As for the detailed specs of the Sion V1sion, here's what we know:
- 4.5-inch HD display (1280 x 720) at 326 ppi
- 1GB of installed RAM
- 16GB of internal storage (possibly 32GB)
- 0.3MP front facing camera and 8MP rear facing
- HSPA+/WCDMA and GSM (no LTE)
- Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Includes accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and ambient light sensor
- 2,050 mAh battery
- Android 4.0 ICS, with 4.2 Jelly Bean update already planned
- CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN US ONLY
Although the device may see an upgrade to 32GB eventually, there's no mention of a MicroSD expansion slot for external storage. Although, the HTC One has no expansion slot either and it's still quite popular.
Backers who make the "super early bird special" will get a V1sion for $199. The next pledge tier starts at $299, and is limited to just 200 backers. If enough units are sold, then the price will drop although we don't exactly know by how much at this time. If you want a V1sion, you'll have to put down a $199 deposit, and then pay the remaining balance once the campaign succeeds. Obviously they cannot quote the entire price right now if there's a chance it will be reduced eventually.
Sion predicts that it will need to ship nearly 5,000 units in order to offer the device at a price of $299 for backers, while a shipment of 10,000 units will ultimately reduce the cost. The IndieGoGo campaign is currently set to launch if funding reaches over $300,000.
While that's certainly a lofty target, it's hard to deny the appeal in something like this. There are shortcomings like the stock ICS support, missing LTE functionality and lack of a MicroSD expansion slot but that's a small price to pay for a reasonable cost and contract free ownership.
What do you think folks, is there any interest in something like the V1sion?