Remember the xpPhone? The 4.8-inch touchscreen slider has netbook-like specs, some sort of "AMD Super Mobile CPU", and runs a full-blown copy of Windows XP. They've just sent through shots of its phone-function interface…and they actually look pretty good.
The main phone screen (pictured below) has call-centric icons, plus shortcuts to regular Windows apps that can be categorised into icon-based tabs on the left.
The interface can also switch between landscape and portrait views, and there's a unified look to it all. I'd like to see some extra flair, though...like photos of contacts for incoming and outgoing calls. It's such an obvious thing, so hopefully that'll show up by the time the phone arrives. The xpPhone's maker—China's In Technology Group aka ITG—also says it will support direct access to the Outlook address book for contact management.
Their English pre-order page remains more like an expression of interest form, as it still doesn't list price. If you're curious, you can choose a 3G module for your carrier's necessary frequency (AT&T, Vodafone and Orange are listed).
Jokes about getting a blue screen of death mid-call aside, I'm getting more and more intrigued about the xpPhone. I mean, the thing weighs almost a pound, but just look at those specs below compared to say, the Nokia N900. I'll fill you in when I hear more on pricing/availability — or any plans for an actual US (non-import) release. [ITG]
Configuration • CPU: AMD Super Mobile CPU • Memory: 512M/1G • SSD: 8G/16G/32G/64G • HDD: 30G/60G/80G/120G • LCD: 4.8' TFT Touch-screen LCD 800*480 • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP • Network: GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA (HSDPA/HSUPA) • CDMA/CDMA2000 1X/CDMA1X EVDO,TD-SCDMA，TD-HSDPA • Wireless: WiFi 802.11b/g,WiMax(optional),Buletooth,Stand-alone GPS • Camera Specifications:CMOS, 300k/1.3 Million • Ports: 1 x earphone jack, 1 x microphone jack,Docking Connector (includes VGA output signal ), 1 x USB 2.0, SIM Slot • Battery: Removable Lithium-ion • Talk time: about 5 hours,Stand by time: about 5 days • Real life: about 7 hours(Standard), about 12 hours(Large) • Talk time: Standby time，Operation time may vary depending different usage. • Weight: 400g (include battery)