Oct 20 AT 11:15 PM Nick Gray 33 Comments

Synapse-Phones offers fully rooted, customizable Android phones

There’s certainly no shortage of great Android phones out there, but at times it feels like you must make a compromise when you walk in to your local carrier looking for a phone that truly suits your needs and wants.  But that may soon be a dilemma of the past with the introduction of the new Synapse-Phone.

The Synapse-Phone is planning on delivering a fully rooted Android handsets right out of the box.  If that wasn’t enough, each phone can be tailored to the exact user’s needs. Some of the customization options for the handset include: mobile network support, Bluetooth version, Wi-Fi, megapixel count, flash type, front facing camera, digital television tuner, internal working memory, capacitive or physical buttons, battery size, and handset color.

Pricing for the Synapse One will range from €299 ($417) for the base configuration to €584 ($815) for a fully loaded device.  Synapse-Phones is currently taking pre-orders and is expecting to deliver the first devices by February 2011.

It’s hard to say how many Android fans would be interested in a fully customized handset, but we’re extremely excited to see at least one manufacturer treat phones more like computers and give consumers the ability to choose which features they should have.

Synapse One Starting Specs

  • Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Processor: 1Ghz
  • Display: 10.16cm, 4,0-inch SuperAMOLED multitouch-sensitive screen with 480×800 WVGA resolution
  • Speakerphone: Two built-in microphones (Telephone and noise-reduction)
  • Sensors: Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer sensor
  • Compass
  • GPS: AGPS
  • Buttons: Four capacity buttons or four physical buttons under the screen
  • Power button
  • Two volume buttons on the left side
  • Camera button on the right side
  • Expansion Slot: microSD memory card(SD 2.0 compatible)
  • Up to 32GB card support.
  • Body material: Aluminium with ambientlight
  • In Box Content: Main unit
  • Battery (as selected)
  • MicroUSB Cable
  • Charger (Voltage range/frequency: 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz)
  • RF Brochure
  • Product Safety & Warranty Statement
  • Quick Start Guide

Via: AndroidGuys

Source: Synapse-Phones

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website monkeydroid

    What would this mean for developing custom Roms? Would it be easier since it’s rooted right out of the box?

  • http://Website Katie Molnar

    Further proof that android is made of win. I think this just might be the device that eventually replaces my Nexus One.

    • http://icount.com Greggory Hernandez

      I was thinking the exact same thing. The locked down phones just don’t do it for me.

    • http://www.google.com teleknEsis

      If they offer a dual-core processor, then there’s no doubt left in my mind that this will be my next phone. 4.3″ AMOLED screen, front-facing camera, dual-core processor, unlocked… *droooooool*

      Funny thing is, I was just talking to a coworker not even 2 weeks ago about how friggen awesome it’d be if you could customize your Android phone like you could a computer. He assured me this business model would not work for mobile phones. Sure enough, this article appears and he had to eat his words.

      However, I’m still curious to see what Motorola’s got up it’s sleeve with it’s Tegra2 device – could be tempting :)

    • http://dr3amcast3r.wordpress.com/ dr3amcast3r

      My friend, I’m terribly sorry, but you are wrong. Android will only win when google makes avaible for us users the following:
      Word processor, spreadsheet and slideshow (like power point) out of the box (I don’t care if you have to sync it with google docs, but it must be there);
      Easier to root and ban the danger spl (other stuff like that);
      Support for custom roms in the discussion groups. Android should be for phones like Linux is for computers;
      Out of the box task manager;
      Out of the box widgets for weather and news;
      A better UI (like a base one if people don’t want to use the ones that are branded).

      If and when google decides to take this turn, them, in my opinion, Android will rock the market. Until them, and don’t get me wrong, it’s just a glorified multimedia gadget (and even at that point it could be a lot better)

      • http://Website Chancy

        @dreamcaster, so lemme get this straight. Android is not full of “win” because it does not have the software you want? Until it has those software then it is full of “win”? Interesting…

  • http://thephonenerd.com The Phone Nerd

    This isn’t the first company to offer phones rooted out of the box – and like you, Im not sure of their marketability, unless they’re truly going to offer some revolutionary UIs and software. I do like the idea of custom made software, but that doesn’t have to require the phone be rooted – you just have to create something like Sprint ID.

    • http://Website Max

      Well said. Sadly on this blog, unless you fawn over Android or say something pro-Android, you’re only gonna get thumbed down en masse.

  • http://Website Adam

    Do you think they will have market access?

    • http://www.google.com teleknEsis

      It should. I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t meet Google’s criteria for an official Google device.

      • Taknarosh

        It fails the most obvious criteria for market access, being part of the open handset alliance.

  • http://www.mobilebrazzer.com Mobile Brazzer

    No qwerty keyboards?

    dat = fail

    • http://Website B

      Man I don’t even know where to start

  • http://Website caabbyy

    Now if this really comes out available to US customers and at least on each carrier that will be the best thing ever. No joke. The screen looks really wide :) I can do without a physical keyboard for a phone like this

    • http://Website mkrmec

      Just buy phones unsubsedised .. it’s cheaper in the long run anyway, who cares about the carriers.. they are the stupid idiots that stink up the phones in the first place.

  • http://Website gad

    If it was having gingerbread then i might seriously think of getting one…i always believe in having an unlocked unadulterated phone experience.

  • http://Website Hans

    There’s no way to check out the options yet :(

    • http://Website Virtue

      Search for it on google and then pulled up the cached copy.

  • http://Website mkrmec

    Now this is awesome news.

    If this phone has a good CPU, market access, Cyanogen ROM support (probably will because of the rooted status :D ), open source drivers for the hardware, then this phone will be better than others. I’d buy one in a sec!!

  • smohanv

    It is going to be a big selling device.. pleople likes it when their rights to access to the potentials of the operating system is unrestricted..

    I would love to buy one when it is released in european market.

  • http://Website nate

    I would only buy thus if it had a tegra 2, cyanogen mod support, and market access, if they can get thowse three things it’ll replace my Nexus

  • http://Website Glock

    FINALLY! A company gets it!!! I hope they decide to bump up some of the specs (like the processor) because they will most likely be behind the curve by release. I wish them all the luck in the world because if this thing is a hit, it may have a strong impact on the Android world and at least make manufacturers think about similar things.

    HOWEVER, the reality is that most people carrying an Android phone are too damn dumb to know or care about anything that this phone represents. “What’s AOSP?” HAHAHA

  • http://Website Josh

    This is really exciting, and truly a testament to the Open nature of Android.
    I hope they eventually offer options with physical keyboards (perhaps two or three slightly different layouts, and maybe one with only ‘gamepad’ buttons), different options for trackball (physical, optical, or none) and additional screen size options.

  • http://Website Alankrut

    Specs are good even without customization :)

  • http://Website aj

    I want to know what kind of processor it is and how it compares to say the hummingbird or the TI omap 3 like in the droid x

    • http://Website Virtue

      Well they DO have SuperAMOLED which is only manufactured by Samsung. Perhaps they have other Samsung parts?

      • http://Website Chris

        Their website says SuperLCD, not AMOLED.

        Pricey though, I just specced up a model and they want 5839100000000001 for it. Seems a _bit_ overpriced. Suppose I’d better get those overtime forms filled in.

  • http://Website Sebastian

    This is a rip-off of the HTC Desire HD.

    Look at the buttons on the front, and then look at the Desire HD. The menu button is from a Motorola Droid though.

    Also look at the camera on the back of the Synapse phone, then look at this pic:
    http://www.alltomprylar.se/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/HTC_Desire_HD.jpg

    • http://Website Tim

      i’m fairly certain this is one of those too good to be true situations. the phone pictured on synapse-phones.com is a complete hack together of different pictures from the internet including the desire hd camera ^. i’m going to go ahead and hold off on believing this company is legit.

  • http://Website watbetch

    SuperAMOLED? Really now? I’m fairly certain Samsung is only making these for themselves.

  • http://twitter.com/tehk tehk

    If we could get one of these that allows full GSM and CDMA capabilities (the ability to use the device on any carrier) I think they would have a MASSIVE level of success! Hoping some android manufacturer does this before the iPhone5 does (rumor). Also, having a stock rooted OS out of the box on this thing is a MAJORly awesome selling point!

  • http://Website stinka

    No more AMOLED…. only SuperLCD.

  • http://Website DarkWinterNights

    I was well about to start my own company to do this if I didn’t see someone else do it soon.

    90% chance to consider me pre-sold as soon as I do the research. ;)

    Thanks for the info

  1. monkeydroidGuest 5 years ago

    What would this mean for developing custom Roms? Would it be easier since it’s rooted right out of the box?

  2. Katie MolnarGuest 5 years ago

    Further proof that android is made of win. I think this just might be the device that eventually replaces my Nexus One.

    • Greggory HernandezGuest 5 years ago

      I was thinking the exact same thing. The locked down phones just don’t do it for me.

    • teleknEsisGuest 5 years ago

      If they offer a dual-core processor, then there’s no doubt left in my mind that this will be my next phone. 4.3″ AMOLED screen, front-facing camera, dual-core processor, unlocked… *droooooool*

      Funny thing is, I was just talking to a coworker not even 2 weeks ago about how friggen awesome it’d be if you could customize your Android phone like you could a computer. He assured me this business model would not work for mobile phones. Sure enough, this article appears and he had to eat his words.

      However, I’m still curious to see what Motorola’s got up it’s sleeve with it’s Tegra2 device – could be tempting :)

    • My friend, I’m terribly sorry, but you are wrong. Android will only win when google makes avaible for us users the following:
      Word processor, spreadsheet and slideshow (like power point) out of the box (I don’t care if you have to sync it with google docs, but it must be there);
      Easier to root and ban the danger spl (other stuff like that);
      Support for custom roms in the discussion groups. Android should be for phones like Linux is for computers;
      Out of the box task manager;
      Out of the box widgets for weather and news;
      A better UI (like a base one if people don’t want to use the ones that are branded).

      If and when google decides to take this turn, them, in my opinion, Android will rock the market. Until them, and don’t get me wrong, it’s just a glorified multimedia gadget (and even at that point it could be a lot better)

      • ChancyGuest 5 years ago

        @dreamcaster, so lemme get this straight. Android is not full of “win” because it does not have the software you want? Until it has those software then it is full of “win”? Interesting…

  3. The Phone NerdGuest 5 years ago

    This isn’t the first company to offer phones rooted out of the box – and like you, Im not sure of their marketability, unless they’re truly going to offer some revolutionary UIs and software. I do like the idea of custom made software, but that doesn’t have to require the phone be rooted – you just have to create something like Sprint ID.

    • MaxGuest 5 years ago

      Well said. Sadly on this blog, unless you fawn over Android or say something pro-Android, you’re only gonna get thumbed down en masse.

  4. AdamGuest 5 years ago

    Do you think they will have market access?

    • teleknEsisGuest 5 years ago

      It should. I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t meet Google’s criteria for an official Google device.

      • It fails the most obvious criteria for market access, being part of the open handset alliance.

  5. Mobile BrazzerGuest 5 years ago

    No qwerty keyboards?

    dat = fail

    • BGuest 5 years ago

      Man I don’t even know where to start

  6. caabbyyGuest 5 years ago

    Now if this really comes out available to US customers and at least on each carrier that will be the best thing ever. No joke. The screen looks really wide :) I can do without a physical keyboard for a phone like this

    • mkrmecGuest 5 years ago

      Just buy phones unsubsedised .. it’s cheaper in the long run anyway, who cares about the carriers.. they are the stupid idiots that stink up the phones in the first place.

  7. gadGuest 5 years ago

    If it was having gingerbread then i might seriously think of getting one…i always believe in having an unlocked unadulterated phone experience.

  8. HansGuest 5 years ago

    There’s no way to check out the options yet :(

    • VirtueGuest 5 years ago

      Search for it on google and then pulled up the cached copy.

  9. mkrmecGuest 5 years ago

    Now this is awesome news.

    If this phone has a good CPU, market access, Cyanogen ROM support (probably will because of the rooted status :D ), open source drivers for the hardware, then this phone will be better than others. I’d buy one in a sec!!

  10. It is going to be a big selling device.. pleople likes it when their rights to access to the potentials of the operating system is unrestricted..

    I would love to buy one when it is released in european market.

  11. nateGuest 5 years ago

    I would only buy thus if it had a tegra 2, cyanogen mod support, and market access, if they can get thowse three things it’ll replace my Nexus

  12. GlockGuest 5 years ago

    FINALLY! A company gets it!!! I hope they decide to bump up some of the specs (like the processor) because they will most likely be behind the curve by release. I wish them all the luck in the world because if this thing is a hit, it may have a strong impact on the Android world and at least make manufacturers think about similar things.

    HOWEVER, the reality is that most people carrying an Android phone are too damn dumb to know or care about anything that this phone represents. “What’s AOSP?” HAHAHA

  13. JoshGuest 5 years ago

    This is really exciting, and truly a testament to the Open nature of Android.
    I hope they eventually offer options with physical keyboards (perhaps two or three slightly different layouts, and maybe one with only ‘gamepad’ buttons), different options for trackball (physical, optical, or none) and additional screen size options.

  14. AlankrutGuest 5 years ago

    Specs are good even without customization :)

  15. ajGuest 5 years ago

    I want to know what kind of processor it is and how it compares to say the hummingbird or the TI omap 3 like in the droid x

    • VirtueGuest 5 years ago

      Well they DO have SuperAMOLED which is only manufactured by Samsung. Perhaps they have other Samsung parts?

      • ChrisGuest 5 years ago

        Their website says SuperLCD, not AMOLED.

        Pricey though, I just specced up a model and they want 5839100000000001 for it. Seems a _bit_ overpriced. Suppose I’d better get those overtime forms filled in.

  16. SebastianGuest 5 years ago

    This is a rip-off of the HTC Desire HD.

    Look at the buttons on the front, and then look at the Desire HD. The menu button is from a Motorola Droid though.

    Also look at the camera on the back of the Synapse phone, then look at this pic:
    http://www.alltomprylar.se/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/HTC_Desire_HD.jpg

    • TimGuest 5 years ago

      i’m fairly certain this is one of those too good to be true situations. the phone pictured on synapse-phones.com is a complete hack together of different pictures from the internet including the desire hd camera ^. i’m going to go ahead and hold off on believing this company is legit.

  17. watbetchGuest 5 years ago

    SuperAMOLED? Really now? I’m fairly certain Samsung is only making these for themselves.

  18. tehkGuest 5 years ago

    If we could get one of these that allows full GSM and CDMA capabilities (the ability to use the device on any carrier) I think they would have a MASSIVE level of success! Hoping some android manufacturer does this before the iPhone5 does (rumor). Also, having a stock rooted OS out of the box on this thing is a MAJORly awesome selling point!

  19. stinkaGuest 5 years ago

    No more AMOLED…. only SuperLCD.

  20. DarkWinterNightsGuest 5 years ago

    I was well about to start my own company to do this if I didn’t see someone else do it soon.

    90% chance to consider me pre-sold as soon as I do the research. ;)

    Thanks for the info