IcePhone – Next Gen WinMo Communicator

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.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • http://www.livbit.com brian

    well…I am a WinMo fan….always have been.

    I dont understand the design for this phone….is it meant to a gaming device????

    http://www.livbit.com

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  • Judep22

    The Smartphone just got a lot Smarter
    Las Vegas Jan 6th 2009 Official Launch

    The iCEphone is part of a suite of highly innovative mobile phone products designed to save and protect life. iCE (in case of emergency) products feature both hardware and software, which can work independently or in combination. Although originally designed to meet the exacting requirements of the US and British military and the emergency services, the utility of the core technology has also generated significant interest from the consumer marketplace and two versions are now planned – a consumer version and a military/emergency services version.

    The iCEphone is a stunning new micro-notebook phone. It is the Swiss army knife of handsets: it changes shape quickly and easily to be a touch screen phone, micro note-book, a games player, camera and video call handset. It is very much a productivity device, with large keys, designed as the ultimate in convergence devices. As one senior mobile executive remarked – ‘someone has finally figured out how to put a laptop into a mobile phone’. iCEaid is a mobile application that provides emergency first aid advice, based on internationally recognised protocols. This can be at several levels, from someone with no medical training, through first responders to ambulance crews. If this software is used once in a lifetime, it will be worthwhile having it on your phone. There are also accessories designed for specific markets such as the iCEpic (personal information carrier), a USB device designed to carry medical information in a safe secure manner and iCE e-notes, an e-notebook software application for doctors and other healthcare workers.

    The iCE solutions are designed to assist anyone, anywhere in the world affected by a medical emergency, by reducing the time to receive appropriate treatment – the critical factor in emergency medicine. The iCEphone is due for release early in Q2 09 and the Company is seeking distributors and network partners. iCEphone is the brand of The Medical Phone Limited, a new ambitious company set up by a few individuals with significant business, medical, military and mobile phone expertise. They have offices in Edinburgh, London and Bangkok.

    For further information contact

    Graham Gilmour on 07764 575372 or

    graham@themedicalphone.com

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=SYO5gOzYpwI

  • judep22

    The iCEphone is a stunning new micro-notebook phone. It is the Swiss army knife of handsets: it changes shape quickly and easily to be a touch screen phone, micro note-book,

    a games player,

    camera and video call handset. It is very much a productivity device, with large keys, designed as the ultimate in convergence devices. As one senior mobile executive remarked – ‘someone has finally figured out how to put a laptop into a mobile phone’. iCEaid is a mobile application that provides emergency first aid advice, based on internationally recognised protocols. This can be at several levels, from someone with no medical training, through first responders to ambulance crews. If this software is used once in a lifetime, it will be worthwhile having it on your phone. There are also accessories designed for specific markets such as the iCEpic (personal information carrier), a USB device designed to carry medical information in a safe secure manner and iCE e-notes, an e-notebook software application for doctors and other healthcare workers.
    Yes – amongst other things – judep22

    http://www.themedicalphone.com

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=SYO5gOzYpwI

    launches at
    The CES Show in Las Vegas
    8-11th Jan 2009

    Booth Sands 72859

    http://myces.bdmetrics.com/SearchResults.aspx?c

  • bartclevy

    ICE phone cancelled…
    we're way past Q2 2009 and still no sign of the phone…
    was it cancelled ?

  • bartclevy

    ICE phone cancelled…
    we're way past Q2 2009 and still no sign of the phone…
    was it cancelled ?