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Windows XP Based Smartphone Revealed

Gordon Kelly


Windows XP Based Smartphone Unveiled

Sick of Windows Mobile? Perhaps the answer is Windows XP...

Crazy Chinese company In Technology has this week officially unveiled the 'xpPhone' which dumps traditional mobile OSes in favour of a full desktop platform. Aiming to come as close to a laptop/tablet experience as possible with the venerable (if ageing OS), the company has created a device with a strange combination of premium and low end components.

The highlight is a mammoth 4.8in 800 x 400 pixel display (no, we don't know if it is capacitive or resistive), a choice of 1GB or 512MB of RAM and SSD or HDD storage options ranging up to 64GB and 120GB respectively. Strangely, In Technology doesn't elaborate on the chipset inside the xpPhone, but does reveal an AMD Super Mobile CPU will power it.

HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS all make an appearance however along with the strange choice of a VGA out port (HDMI surely?!), USB for charging and synchronisation and a strangely low end 1.3 megapixel camera. As the pictures show, you'll also get an extremely large sliding Qwerty keypad - the first we've ever seen with a dedicated number pad.

In Technology doesn't reveal the dimensions of the xpPhone, but at a whopping 400g you probably don't want to know. Battery life is also an issue since it is quoted at just seven hours, less than you'll get from some netbooks. 12 hours can be attained with the "optional large battery", but I dread to think how heavy that will make it!

At present no shipping or pricing information is available, but you can register your interest on the In Technology site. More proof of concept demo model than real world consumer product, the very existence of the xpPhone is somewhat baffling. Then again, it's far more interesting than the vast majority of incremental upgrade models typically doing the rounds. Will it hit the UK? Other than via grey import I'd suggest it has about the same chance as your average feline being seen exiting the gates of Hell.

(Many thanks to reader Jacek for the tip)


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September 22, 2009, 5:16 am

Would it even work in the UK? Can you get a windows application which makes calls over a mobile operator's network? I don't mean data calls but standard ones where you use up free minutes etc.

Digital Fury

September 22, 2009, 10:17 am

Lets hope it's faster, less noisy and more reliable than the OQO E2 disaster.


September 22, 2009, 12:35 pm

It is okay I guess, if you view this a MID/UMPC with phone add-on rather than a smartphone.


September 22, 2009, 1:41 pm

Can it run Windows 7? That WOULD be cool.


September 22, 2009, 3:29 pm

i cant see how it would be touchscreen at all


September 22, 2009, 6:11 pm

wow, now your phone can get regular viruses unless you install a resource hogger virus-scan on something with limited resources! awesome!

in seriousness, Windows 7 on that would be interesting with the touch stuff - especially if it was a multi-touch screen...


September 22, 2009, 7:28 pm


You can write an application to do anything! As long as it sends the SIM information and the right control signals, it's just 1's & 0's at the end of the day.

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