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First 3 'INQ' Phone Leaks: Web 2.0 Beckons

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When self branded 3 INQ mobile phones were announced late last month it raised a flurry of net chitter chatter because, quite simply, the Skypephone and particularly the Skypephone S2 were really well thought out. So the team behind it got the gig full time and - by the looks of things - is off to a very promising start...

Leaked today to those crazy bloggers Engadget and The Electric Pig was the 'INQ1' - the rather logical name, I'm sure you'll agree. At first glance the INQ1 is nothing particularly remarkable, a 3,2MP camera is ok though its slider design akin to something Nokia would have churned out 18 months ago.

Still hold your horses because the lure of the Skypephone series is the thought behind them and once again the same is true here.

Taking cues from Apple, the INQ1 is all about the software with full Facebook integration, Skype functionally, a native Windows Live Messenger, an eBay tracker, OTA software downloads and even a proper WebKit browser - vital given 3 sells every handset with HSDPA because of its 3G network (the hint is in the name!). As for a final coup de grace is said to be plug and play tethering with any PC.

Launch time? 13 November is mooted as the official release date with a near immediate release afterwards and a near £100 price tag without contract. Yep, 3 really could be onto something here...

Links:
via Electric Pig
via Engadget

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