Some time ago, over a year actually, the Runcible was unveiled at MWC in Barcelona. A lot of outlets latched onto it’s unique design and disruptive material choices. Fast forward and up until today we were wondering whether it would ever see the light of day. Fret not – Pre-Orders have arrived for the Runcible.
Pre-Orders Have Started
The Runcible from Monohm is now available to be pre-ordered via an IndieGoGo campaign, scheduled to ship in September 2016. Only in May we reached out to Jason Proctor, CTO of Monohm Inc to see how things were progressing.
All here are committed to death or glory on the Runcible project. We had a licensing issue which stopped us shipping in November — making hardware is like dodging cruise missiles. So we rebooted the hardware to something more future-proof and rebooted the software under AOSP, and so hopefully, as long as we don’t get hit by any more missiles, we’ll be running preorders in Q2 – Jason Proctor – CTO, Monohm Inc
In case you’re still unsure what we’re talking about, it’s a phone – a round phone.
- Processor: Snapdragon 410 quad core, ARM® Cortex® A53 (64bit, 1.2GHz) Qualcomm® Adreno™ 306 GPU with OpenGL ES 3, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ v5 DSP
- Memory / Storage: 1GB LPDDR3 RAM (533MHz ) / 8GB eMMC 5.0 Flash
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz single band, Bluetooth 4.1, 4G/LTE Data (hopefully)
- Display: 2.5 inch, 640×640 fully round screen at ~256dpi
- Camera: Rear-facing, 7MP camera (support for up to 13MP for hackers)
- Audio: 1x Analog In / Out (other audio I/O options available on the main board)
- Other Interfaces: 1x USB 2.0 (client or host), 2x BLSP 4-pin port configurable as I2C, SPI, UART or GPIO
- Location: Qualcomm® IZat™ Gen 8C GPS, GLONASS
- OS Support: BuniOS (based on Android 5.1), Linux
- RoHS compliant
Currently there is a “Babbage” model for $399, designed from reclaimed ocean plastic (neat!) as well as a Lovelace option, $499, with a solid wood backing made from sustainable sources.
Head on over to the Runcible IndieGoGo campaign to learn more.
UPDATE: If you’re a long time newsletter follower you will have received a “secret” link to an even cheaper Runcible – hunt around!