The Cerulean Moment pitched...

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It's... a brand new Windows 10 Mobile smartphone! Well, it could be. It's currently a set of prototypes and an Indiegogo project (I know, I know), with an ambitious 1 million dollar budget and not a lot of take up so far. But the Cerulean Moment does have some attractive attributes, from the premium metal/glass build to the 3GB RAM - and is spoilt somewhat by the large bezels and 720p display. Ah well. Full details below, anyway.

Let's start with the Wharton Brooks web site, then here's the background (in extreme detail!) to the phone's development. Here's the Indiegogo project homepage, which comes with a number of promo videos, for example this one:

The phone's not completely low end, but then neither is it a genuine mid-ranger, at least not for 2017. The basic specs are:


1.5 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 617 octa-core processor with 550 MHz Adreno 405 GPU


Front Camera: 5.0MP with Auto-Focus with Dual LED Flash
Main Camera: 13MP BSI with Auto-Focus
Video Capture 1080p@30 fps (all cameras)


MicroSD Expansion to 64GB


WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0
3G: 1, 2, 5, 8
4G LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20


5” 1280x720 (294 ppi)
Gorilla Glass v3


2250 mAh


71.4 x 142.4 x 7.6mm
144 grams

SIM Tech

Dual nano-SIM
Single nano-SIM + MicroSD

To this, add microUSB charging and data, which is something of a mis-step in 2017, not least because Continuum (supported by the Snapdragon 617) thus has to be 100% wireless, and that's going to be laggy, just as it is when trying to work this way on the Lumia 950 range. Given that smooth Continuum operation is touted as one of THE selling points of the phone, to not have a wired dock even a possibility seems a little crazy.

In terms of extra software, according to the back story, a life-blog style application is being crafted for inclusion, plus a tool for 'first responders', so there is some thought going into adding extra functions beyond what Microsoft provides.

Comments welcome - I have a horrible feeling that this project isn't going to get (anywhere near) funded. It does show hard it is to get a smartphone off the ground - for all the joking on podcasts about a 'Steve Litchfield phone' (or whatever), out in the real world, even with today's chipsets, it takes millions of dollars to get enough hardware made to begin to start selling it. While I wish Greg well, above, there's simply no way one person can initiate a project of this size without a seriously cool USP and some serious investors.

Source / Credit: WhartonBrooks