We haven’t had the chance to film with Firas today so I hope you don’t mind a big update from me.
As you know, over the past week we have been running the second stage of Design Validation Testing (DVT#2).
The news coming back from the production line is very positive and I’m excited to share some of those results with you now.
DVT#2 is the last stage in order to qualify the Carbon 1 smartphone for Founder Edition and mass production. This includes final testing and certification.
During DVT#2, the assembly line built the first 80 devices.
- Identify any final software and hardware challenges in the device.
- Ensure that we can achieve consistency and efficiency within the assembly line for quality control.
Watch DVT#2 in action below.
Please don’t be alarmed by the ‘Founder Edition’ placement on these Carbon 1 devices. All early devices have Founder Edition on them, these are not for customers.
The results of DVT#2 have been incredibly positive.
As expected, we have found some challenges still to solve but these are minor and putting the Founder Editions into production is very close.
Here are the highlights.
SUCCESS YEILD RATE:
We achieved a 93% success rate in the devices that came off the assembly line.
This means, working devices with software and hardware working well and no problems with all core functionality.
All antenna challenges are solved. The team even calling Firas using 4G connection to excitedly announce the success of the DVT#2 build.
The reasons for the 7% failures have been identified and most commonly have been due to defective components or damage during assembly as the team learn how to build the device.
During DVT#2 we started the pre-testing process for CE and GMS (Google Certification).
The device passed on both counts and signifies that we have a market ready device.
There are still some minor challenges to solve before we put Founder Editions into production. The good news is, these are predominantly software related and should be easily fixed. One example is we can hear a small echo when making a call.
The one hardware issue remaining is minor but it is a headache for the team next week to resolve. The adhesive used for the fingerprint is inconsistent and needs to be reviewed.
There is a production meeting on Monday to discuss the outstanding issues and routes to resolve them.
The team is working incredibly hard but with genuine excitement following these results.
We expect to have a clear idea of the timeline by the end of next week (11th Dec) and will share a full update.
In the meantime, the mainboards for Founder Editions will start being assembled from Monday. This is a major step forward for the Founder Edition production
Everyone is feeling confident that Founder Editions can be put into production very soon – Christmas is looking out of reach but it could still be possible depending on what can be resolved in the week.
Finally, we wanted to share some nice images of the Carbon 1 MK II meeting its box for the first time. I hope you agree, the unboxing experience is going to be quite special