xpPhone 2

Over the past few years smartphones have become a whole new class of mobile computing device. You might have a desktop computer, a laptop, and a smartphone — because each one fulfills different needs. But a Chinese company thinks that it can kill three birds with one phone by shipping a smartphone that runs Windows.

The upcoming xpPhone 2 has a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 112GB of storage, and a 4.3 inch display. It can run Windows 7 or Windows 8 and it also features a streamlined user interface that uses less power when you’re just using the device as a phone.

In fact, the company claims you’ll be able to get up to 18.5 hours of continuous talk time on the xpPhone 2 — although you’ll probably get substantially less battery life when firing up Windows and editing Excel spreadsheets.

Still, since the phone basically has the guts of a netbook, you can plug in a mouse, monitor, keyboard, and power adapter and use it as a desktop computer. Then when you need to move away from you desk you can disconnect the phone and slide it into your pocket for working on the go.

I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for this phone to be released outside of China anytime soon — and I’m not sure I want a phone that runs a desktop operating system. But as Microsoft takes steps to make Windows 8 more touchscreen friendly, the idea doesn’t seem as crazy as it once did.

via UMPC Portal

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8 replies on “xpPhone 2 will run Windows 7 and 8, make phone calls”

  1. I want a slider design that has good battery life and readily available in the US. The phone part can be removed as well.

    1. The older version had a slider keyboard but was very thick, this one seems to be offering a slider dock with ports for attaching other peripherals…  Look at the product announcement link Brad provided in the second paragraph and scroll just past the conference promo pic.

      The interesting question is whether this is using Intel Medfield. 1.6GHz in such a small form factor is better than they should be getting with even Oak Trail.  Though much more likely to be the older dual core Mooretown, as Intel just demoed a Medfield phone back at IDF 2011 and it’s a little too soon to see a commercial product yet.

  2. i don’t even know if I’d bother reporting on this story.  Remember the xpPhone?  You don’t?  Neither does anyone else.  Google “xpPhone review” and you get nothing except press releases.  Lots of “Available worldwide” and specs and prices and everything, but no REVIEWS.

    This will go the same route.  All press releases, no real phone. 

    1. Actually there were some hands on reviews and not just press releases, the problem is such products are very niche and not likely to be ever sold outside of Asian markets.

      Fujitsu has the Loox F-07C for example, which is a similar product that’s pretty exclusive to Japan but it’s a real product.

      So we’re just not likely to see such a product sold in the US or European markets.  Though that may change once Windows 8 does come out.  Since it can run on ARM or perhaps in 2013 when Intel will have something better than Medfield available and can start matching ARM product form factors.

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