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Synrgic Uno debuts as one of the last TI OMAP-powered Android phones (updated with video)

Synrgic Uno debuts as one of the last TI OMAPpowered Android phones

Taiwan might have an HTC One and an HTC First, but starting today, Singapore has a Synrgic Uno to join the banter (get it?). The name Synrgic might not immediately ring a bell, but if you dig a little deeper, you'll see a mention of its earlier phone plus three tablets from a while back. Alas, said phone was eventually canned as the quality didn't meet expectations, so consider this Uno a new attempt by the same Singaporean startup.

Announced in its home city just now, this device is positioned as a mid-tier Android phone with some modest specs, namely a 4.7-inch, 720p IPS display with Gorilla Glass and, more interestingly, a dual-core 1.5GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 SoC (with 1GB DDR2 RAM and SGX 544 graphics chip). With the upcoming TI OMAP 5 series shifting towards automotive systems, chances are the Uno will be one of the last OMAP-powered smartphones before TI waves goodbye to the mobile world. More after the break.

Update: We've added a hands-on video after the break. In short: smooth software and solid hardware build, with some room for improvement on the coating at the top and bottom sides.

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This 9.5mm-thick, 133g-heavy phone also packs 16GB of built-in storage along with up to 32GB of microSD expansion, which should give plenty of space for the 8-megapixel main camera (with 1080p video capture) plus 2-megapixel front imager. And in case you're wondering, yes, the 2,300mAh battery is removable. As for radios, the Uno comes with quad-band HSPA 3G (up to 21Mbps) as well as the usual package: 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, GPS, FM and NFC.

The software? Just vanilla Android 4.0.4 (with 4.2 update coming in this quarter) with Google services included, as the 26-year-old Chairman and CEO Cheo Suan Jin isn't too keen on bloatware; and he also promises to release the source code in about two weeks so that the enthusiasts can tinker with other ROMs.

The Singapore-designed, South Korea-made Uno is available today for $320 (excluding tax) on Synrgic's website, and free shipping plus "1 for 1" exchange warranty will be provided to select countries in South East Asia.