Phones with top-tier specs usually have top-tier prices. While you can pick up the latest Samsung, HTC, LG, or Apple smartphone for a few hundreds bucks or less with a contract, they typically sell for well over $500 when you buy them unlocked.

But there’s a recent trend of companies including Xiaomi and Google pushing phones with high quality specs at lower prices.

Now Taiwanese device maker BungBungame wants to release a crazy powerful phone for just $299.

There are just a few catches — The BungBungame Project S won’t be available for nearly a year, and it’ll only be available if the company can raise $5 million through a crowd-funding project.

BungBungame Project S

Here’s the proposed spec-sheet:

  • 5.8 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display
  • Octa-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage + microSD card slot
  • 16MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, IR sensor, and GPS
  • Wireless charging
  • Waterproof, dustproof case

There are still a few known unknowns — the company isn’t saying which octa-core processor it will use, for instance. It’s also not clear what version of Android the phone will ship with — although that’s not surprising for a phone that’s not expected to hit the streets for nearly a year.

BungBungame has been around since 2008, and while the company doesn’t have a functional Project S phone to show off yet, BungBungame has a track record of building interesting tablets — the company introduced a Kalos tablet with a 10 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display and NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor this summer.

A few years ago the company also launched an AMD-powered Windows 7 tablet.

So it’s certainly feasible that BungBungame could deliver a phone that matches the specs listed above in the next year, assuming the company can raise the necessary funds.

But that’s a big if. $5 million is a pretty high goal for a crowd-funding campaign from a relatively unknown company. Canonical did manage to rack up nearly $13 million in pledges for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone earlier this year (which wasn’t actually enough to fund the project), but Ubuntu probably has a slightly larger loyal fan base than BungBungame.

via and PC Magazine

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8 replies on “BungBungame Project S: A $299 top-tier smartphone (if it gets funded)”

  1. The specs of this phone will likely be out of date a year from now. For example, we know there’s now a 128GB phone out in China.

  2. Right now, I’ll only give money to a crowd funded phone if it’s running on a “real”/”full” Linux OS with a typical Linux file system and all the usual command line utilities built-in or can be downloaded via official repos. It also must have a slider keyboard. If the OS requires official images from the OEM (ie. can’t just download an ISO and install yourself) then they need to somehow show that they’re likely to provide long term software support. Removable batteries and storage are also highly desired. The Ubuntu Edge was close but no keyboard.

    Also, as others have said, those specs could be standard on $299 phones (or close to it) one year from now.

  3. Bah, another crowdsourced project based on the belief that a product can sell for the BOM cost. They never take into account all of the other expenses of actually delivering product. And while these guys appear to have built some prototypes, it is doubtful any of them actually moved in production scale quantities or turned a real, all in, profit.

    When it ships, write it up. Until then it is just somebody’s dream that probably won’t come true.

  4. Looks very similar to Xperia Z design. I’m only interested in phones that can deliver good wireless connectivity options and timely Android updates. HTC’s on the ball lately. Developer edition HTC One’s getting KitKat within a month. No one else is doing anything close to that except Google with the Nexus and GPe devices. I want more than just a high end phone. I need a company’s support of the product.

    1. Yeah, a bit like a sibling slotting in between the Z1 and Z Ultra. Some of the specs are a bit higher, but nothing Earth-shattering. And considering that it seems to be slated for a release in one year (according to this article), by that time the current Ultra will be down to the same price and the new Ultra already on the market at a price slightly lower than the current one, but with the same specs as the bunga-bunga-phone (google “bunga-bunga Berlusconi” for the pun:-P – warning: Europeans only!). And at a current price of the Ultra for 526 € at Amazon Germany (USD prices tend to become translated 1:1 to Euros, and good riddance to the exchange rate) there is much less wiggling room for that phone than it looks currently.
      The only competition with brands like Sony can be through price and I am at least curious to see, if a difference of maybe 1/3 less will make much of a splash to sustain a bigger production run, subsequent models and decent, sustained customer service as well as spare parts.

  5. this is a great idea but if they really wanted to excite me into a purchase frenzy they should release it with a pentaband radio and that LTE chip from Qualcomm…the downside is that in the tech world a year is a pretty long time so by 2015 if it does get funding it could quite possibly be a middle of the road cellphone…
    I’d definitely need user-replaceable battery I shouldn’t have to have a degree in electronics engineering to replace a goddamn battery.

  6. it they partnered with cyanogenmod for the OS. . . then I would be excited.

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