[DAY1] Introducing the XDA Labphone — Smooth, Sleek, and Ready to Flash
We’ve been hard at work at the XDA HQ for close to two years, with only one goal — to answer a fundamental question. That question is, “Just how powerful can Android get?”
After years of development, and countless bricked devices, we are ready to take the wraps off XDA’s biggest project yet: the XDA Labphone, XDA-developer’s first foray into smartphone manufacturing. Packing the best internals available in a durable, sleek design, the XDA Labphone will allow you to experiment like no other device ever has.
We’ve made sure to include everything XDA users need for a safe, bug-free experience. XDA Labphone will be running honest-to-Duarte Stock Android, no alterations, no filler, no bloat. The XDA Labphone’s software is fully open source and timely, with guaranteed updates coming no more than two weeks* after Nexus releases, zip-aligned and with Aroma installation to trim the experience as much as you want.
The XDA Labs application will also be updated with a menu for all-things Labphone, including easy-to-flash themes and mods, with developers keeping 100%.
We have also been working closely with the good people over at Team Win to bring a custom version of TWRP to the device, you will be able to connect to WiFi (mobile data to come in a future update) and browse a stripped down version of the XDA Labphone’s Original Development forum. From here you will be able to flash installable ZIPs such as ROMs and mods the second they finish downloading. This version of TWRP will have full access to the Labphone’s 32GB Developer partition (separate from internal storage) where you can store and boot to your preferred ROM at any time. From this recovery menu you will be able to choose whether to boot automatically to a preferred ROM, the last one booted or give you the choice when you turn on the phone. Prefer the AOSP look but want PC capabilities as well? Add your preferred Linux build to the Dev partition or the latest Remix OS ROM provided by Jide and hook up the provided HDMI cable to your monitor or TV.
You want optics? No problem. The XDA Labphone will pack the same camera hardware of the Nexus 5X and 6P, but with OIS 2.0 and some very nifty camera optimization courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer Xplodwild of Focal fame. And you’ll be able to show off your pictures in full glory thanks to the Labphone’s stunning 5.5 inch Super AMOLED display, the very same found on the Nexus 6P.
Ejectable SIM and SD trays are a nightmare for those who swap removable storage or SIMs regularly but lose their SIM tools. We have placed dual sim trays and the SD card (SD card separate from SIMs) slot under the back cover where they belong.
Stay tuned as we release even more details each day over the weekend, head over to the XDA Labs forum to discuss all things XDA Labphone or join us on Twitter at #XDAPhone as we hold a Q&A!
* Updates will be scheduled less than 14 days after AOSP branch updates.
** Wireless charging back cover sold separately, to be announced after release.
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