With all these convergence things going on, everyone’s trying to cram as many functions as they can into their latest smartphone.
The problem is that it is impossible to do it all in a package small enough to carry in your pocket.
Or is it?
The new Swiss Army Knife of handset of smartphones, called the IcePhone (In Case of Emergency Phone) may achieve just that.
The creators of the Icephone call it a micro-notebook, and it sure feels that way.
Using and interesting folding hinge along the lines of Jacobs Ladder, this smartphone has three independent panels where you can fit the screen, full QWERTY keyboard, 3″ touchscreen display, mouse tracker pad and gaming console controls, 2 SIM cards and tons of other interesting things in a body the size of Nokia E90 communicator.
As you can see in the pictures, you can fold this handset however you like, switching between full QWERTY typing, touchscreen and gaming modes. And you can see how the Icephone works in this video demo:
Full Icephone specs include:
- GSM Quadband 850/900/1800/1900, GPRS/EDGE
- 7.2 Mbps HSDPA UMTS 2100 connectivity
- Freescale iMX31 532 Mhz CPU
- 3″ 240×400 px 65K color transflective TFT touchscreen
- Windows Mobile 6.0 Pro OS
- 3.1 mpx camera with autofocus and LED flash
- Built-in GPS
- Wi-Fi b/g
- 1250 mAh battery
- Dimensions: 127×60.8×23.3 mm
- Weight: 210 g
The Icephone is already in production and should be hitting retail stores in Thailand soon, and should get to U.K. sometime in March-April 2009, for somewhere just under $1000 a piece.
Unfortunately, the company did not have a working model on hand yet, so I can’t tell how all this works in real life.
But from what I’ve seen in the demo, it all looks mighty impressive. And if you want more info – here’s the official Icephone site.
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