Google has making some huge strides in perfecting its Project Ara modular smartphone platform. Project Ara will allow customers to customize nearly every aspect of the their smartphones from processors to batteries to wireless connectivity to display. You want a higher resolution display? Just swap out your old display module for a new one. Is 16GB of storage not making the cut for you? A 64GB module upgrade is a simple plug-and-play affair.
But while Google is still working through the late prototype stages of its smartphone platform, European company ImasD is putting the finishing touches on a modular tablet platform. The Click ARM One tablet looks to do most everything that Project Ara accomplishes, but in a larger form-factor. In case you were wondering, ARM in this case stands for Advanced Removable Modules.
ImasD will offer a number of SoC core modules ranging from a dual-core Samsung Exynos 3250 with 512MB of RAM to a quad-core Exynos 4412 with 2GB of RAM to an extra-core Exynos 5260 with 2GB of RAM. Surprisingly, a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Bay Trail with 2GB of RAM will also be available.
Standard Mini PCI Express slots will also be supported and even the motherboard will be replaceable. If that isn’t enough, all other components will be upgradable including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios, storage modules (up to 128GB) and cellular connectivity (GPRS/GSM/CDMA). The tablet will come standard with a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display built by Samsung, but even that component can be replaced should you crack your screen or simply want a higher-resolution unit.
ImasD says that its modular Click ARM platform allows for “functional” devices that can be a thin as 4.5mm. We have doubts about that claim however, as even Apple — which has a sick obsession with thinness — has only managed to shave its iPad Air 2 down to 6.9mm. And Dell’s ultra-thin Venue 8 7000 is a mere 6mm thick.
ImasD is taking pre-orders for the Click ARM One tablet, and it’s priced at €289 ($313.50). The company says that devices will ship between June and September 2015 (which is a pretty big window if you ask us).