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UNVEILED: TechFaith Wireless to release a Motorola SLVR look-alike Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 21.06.06 - 11:11:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 15562x
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Fellow MVP and webmaster Stephan Schmidt of Smartphone-Web is currently in Singapore at the CommunicAsia and he got his hands on an interesting new Windows Mobile Smartphone from TechFaith Wireless, an Beijing based ODM and already well known in the mobile phone ODM business. Nevertheless, so far TFW wasn't producing any Windows Mobile devices but this could/will change now, according to Stephan who met Edward Wang (Vice Director) in Singapore. According to Edward Wang, TechFaith Wireless signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Microsoft to start developing and manufacturing Windows Mobile based devices also and the first shot is an eye-catcher already: a Motorola SLVR look-alike Windows Mobile Smartphone which features impressive 512 MB memory! The tri-band GSM phone is also expected to have a 1.3 megapixel camera, should supports miniSD memory cards but uses - unfortunately - a small 176x220 65k TFT screen only:


If you wonder, that the keypad looks so similar to Motorola's RAZR/SLVR design, this isn't by far an infamous copy of Motorola's keyboard design but TechFaith Wirless is Motorola's ODM for the RAZR - which basically means your Motorola phone comes from TFW anyway, therefore the Chinese company was using just its own know-how to adopt the design for its Windows Mobile Smartphone.

According to TFW, a world wide operating company (it wasn't said that it is a mobile operator) will release the device in July already. More details weren't given yet.

UPDATE: As you can see in the comments bellow, Gilbert Lee, President of TechFaith Wireless commented the part above and let us know, that TFW isn't or wasn't the ODM of Motorola. Therefore, my previous statement that "TechFaith Wirless is Motorola's ODM for the RAZR" is wrong (which I've translated one to one from Smartphone-Web). So no, TFW just did the keypad on their own, but was inspired for sure by Motorola.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by vicott on 22.06.06 - 06:59:20

I think it's 512Mb (i.e. 64MB) memory and not 512MB. There was much talk about this confusion when they first unveiled specs of several of their products in April.

Posted by Gilbert Lee on 22.06.06 - 11:04:22

Arne

At the end of this article, you said:

.....but TechFaith Wirless is Motorola's ODM for the RAZR - which basically means your Motorola phone comes from TFW anyway, therefore the Chinese company was using just its own know-how to adopt the design for its Windows Mobile Smartphone.

As President of TechFaith Wireless, I found your statement is quite mis-leading.  Because we are not Motorola's ODM provider, nor did we have any commercial relationship with Motorola before.

I sincerely hope you can make the correction in your article. 


Thank you very much.

Regards,
Gilbert Lee

Posted by Arne Hess on 22.06.06 - 12:31:51

Gilbert Lee wrote:

As President of TechFaith Wireless, I found your statement is quite mis-leading.  Because we are not Motorola's ODM provider, nor did we have any commercial relationship with Motorola before.

Regards,
Gilbert Lee

Gilbert, thanks a lot for your comment! Really appreciated. I will make the correction now but please keep in mind, I've just translated the original article from Smartphone-Web which says exactly this (http://www.smartphone-web.com/index.php … mp;id=1082 you might want to use Google to translate from German to English), after they met Edward Wang. Nevertheless, I will correct it and will also inform Smartphone-Web about this mistake.

Again, thanks a lot for your feedback! Always appreciated if I get feedback from the manufactures.

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