The fellows at NXP Semiconductors and Purple Labs have teamed up to put together the Purple Magic 3G mobile phone. The Linux based handset will retail below US$100, and if that does not have you interested, perhaps the video calling ability, incorporated MP3 player and high-speed internet browsing will have your bargain alarms hitting overdrive.
The handset will seamlessly switch between 2G and 3G networks depending on availability, and the creators hope to define a new niche in the market, where functionality does not come at too steep a price. The Purple Magic handset will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress later this month, but is said not to have any of the euphoric effects of purple haze—major downer. Nevertheless, we'll be sure to
try and smoke it give it a grope when we get to Barcelona. [Slashphone]