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ITG Announces XP-powered Phone At Computex



index_e09 Ok, so I’m really confused now. I mean, it doesn’t take a lot to confuse me, but still. Just a few days ago, I reported on the Nokia N900 that will blur the line between MID/UMPC and smartphone. Today, In Technology Group used Computex to release the xpPhone, a phone that runs XP (or a MID/UMPC with telephony functionality). In direct collaboration with AMD and Microsoft, device has some impressive specs. From what I was able to decipher using Google Translate, the xpPhone will run a full XP OS using AMD’s Super Mobile processor. The device features a 4.8” 800×480 touch screen, an available 64GB SSD, have wifi, GPS, GSM, and all three major 3G frequencies built in. No information was given on availability Stateside. More pictures after the jump.


Check out the site (via Google Translate) here.






  1. Sumocat

    05/28/2009 at 1:32 pm

    Reminds me of the Sony UX, which was an adorable computer, but I thought it was way too small for XP. Desktop apps just aren’t intended to fit on such a tiny screen.

  2. t1t4

    05/28/2009 at 6:18 pm

    I have had a Sony U-71 something or other for about 4 years that I travel with and run 3D Max, Photoshop, AfterEffects and a bunch of other graphics and video apps all the time. The only time I have a real problem with the screen size is when I don’t have a keyboard hooked up and have to use the on screen keyboard. Other than that it’s small but totally usable. Of course it can’t complete for speed or screen size with a laptop or desktop but the thing is a pound and practicably fits in a pocket and does everything my work station does (just a bit slower). And when I’m at home I use it as a render node on my little render farm. One of the best computers I have ever had.

  3. Ryan P.

    05/29/2009 at 1:14 am

    If it can play StarCraft, I’m sold.

  4. JC

    05/29/2009 at 5:33 am

    It’s interesting how this first reaction is so different to the first reaction to the Viliv S5 or the Aigo P8888 when they are all fairly similar devices at first glance. Both the Viliv and the Aigo got great buzz when announced. The xpPhone is met with skepticism and is compared to the late, unlamented Sony UX. I guess it really is in how you present the device to the world.

    The three are all approximately the same size. I can’t judge as to thickness, but each device is approximately 6″ long and 3″ wide. (I base my xpPhone measurements on the photo they have at the website but scaled such that the screen is 4.8″ at the diagonal. I assume the xpPhone is a slider.)

    All three devices have 3G radio versions either announced or already available. They are all SSD based devices (although at different capacities). Two of the three devices have 800×480 screens. The Viliv has a 1024×600 screen, but all three screens are the same physical size. Two of the three devices have slide out keyboard. The Viliv relies on a virtual haptic keyboard. All three devices run full XP. (I don’t remember if the XP version of the Aigo is announced or already released.)

    I’m not saying the three devices are identical, of course. The Viliv is both computationally more powerful than the Aigo and has better battery life. We don’t yet know the specifics about the xpPhone. (I do find it interesting that the logo they used for the wallpaper was for WinXP Pro, not WinXP Home. I don’t think Pro is more computationally intensive than Home, but it may be an indicator of who they’re aiming at.) Also, I don’t know if the Viliv and Aigo can actually be used as a cellphone (as opposed to an internet phone). The xpPhone can.

    Obviously, once we have full details and people try them all out, we’ll have plenty of ways to distinguish them and to prefer one of them over the other two. I just find it interesting that we can have such different first reactions to three relatively similar devices. e.g., Sumocat’s reaction to the xpPhone applies just as well to the Viliv or Aigo, but I don’t recall anyone actually having that reaction when those devices were first announced. In fact, the Aigo was announced as running Linux and the immediate reaction was for people to put XP on the thing.

  5. GoX

    05/29/2009 at 9:26 am

    If it would run Mac OS X 10.5.7 (Laopeard) and had video-out, then it would be perfect for videopresentations from NATIVE Apple Keynote and Microsoft PowerPoint files. We need thousands for our University.

  6. Sumocat

    05/29/2009 at 10:22 am

    JC: my first impression of the Viliv was tempered by the custom interface, and I hadn’t seen the XP Aigo (thought the Linux version looked nice), so yes, the presentation does play an important role, or lack thereof in this case.

  7. Chuck

    05/29/2009 at 11:11 am

    If it had 1024×600 resolution, I would be much more interested. Once you have used 1024×600 on a 4.8″ screen, you will never be satisfied with 800×480. Browsing the web just requires too much scrolling.

  8. kyone

    05/30/2009 at 1:19 am

    Chuck wrote “If it had 1024×600 resolution, I would be much more interested. Once you have used 1024×600 on a 4.8″ screen, you will never be satisfied with 800×480. Browsing the web just requires too much scrolling.”

    1024 x 600 on a 4.8″ screen is too high density.

    Opera web browser has the ability to rearrange a web page to fit the horizontal content in so you only need to scroll up and down.

  9. Aki

    06/30/2009 at 6:24 pm

    Wow, you actually run 3D Studio on a Sony U-71! So you can go to the local cafe, and whilst waiting for your cappucino you can make some serious headway on that animation!

    I always wear jeans and a t-shirt. If I put the phone in one pocket, put the wallet in the other pocket where do I put the computer? That’s why I’m up for combing, it sits well with my hi-tech minimalist sensibility.

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