On the 3GSM Congress in Cannes, which is running this week, Microsoft showed together with its development partners the latest developments for the Windows CE based Smartphone platform.
The most interesting devices might be the Intel Concept design and the Mitac clamshell Smartphone.
The Intel/Microsoft joint hardware-software concept design allows manufactures to expedite development and reduce the cost of bringing advanced, data-enabled handsets to market.
The Intel/Microsoft reference design is powered by an Intel XScale PXA262 processor and includes a built-in camera on the backside. According to Intel, this new chip should enable a talk-time up to five hours.
Winstron Corp, a leading supplier of information and communication technology products and also the ODM (Original Device Manufacture of Casioâ€™s Pocket PC devices) is the first announced ODM who take the advantage of this concept design and announced the availability of its first Smartphone later this year.
The second not less interesting design concept is showed by Mitac, also already well known as ODM in the Pocket PC space. Mitac shows a clamshell device which also includes a camera and reminds pretty much to NTT DoCoMoâ€™s i-Mode/FOMA devices but is also running Microsoftâ€™s Smartphone platform.
Availability wasnâ€™t given by Mitac so far.
The third interesting device â€“ which was already presented on CES in the US â€“ is the Hitachi Pocket PC Phone Edition which will be distributed later this year through Sprint US. If a European version will be released also wasnâ€™t announced so far.
Overall the new partners Microsoft presented are pretty interesting and might add that kind of innovation (at least from the shape/features) some of us missed in the past months.
Cheers ~ Arne
Update 1: The high-resolution pictures are available now!
Update 2: At the Mitac stand on the Microsoft partner booth we got an exclusive demo of the Mitac clamshell and "woohoo", this is a Smartphone! The built-in camera is fantastic as well as the used display. Also Mitac added some nice applications by default. The developer shipping is expected to begin within the next few weeks. Mitac needed to change some key layouts and therefore the had to redevelop the hardware which is fixed now.
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