Innocomm Announces Lineup of New Low-Cost Android Devices
Have you heard of Innocomm? Chances are it’s a name that doesn’t sound terribly familiar. That’s because it’s a fresh new smartphone manufacturer that has lofty inspirations to come out with several low-cost yet high-quality Android handsets and distribute them to carriers on a global scale.
We first saw Innocomm at MWC 2010, where it was demonstrating its upcoming Skate handset (pictured below), which will actually come out the second half of 2010 as the Innocomm Raja. Now the company is planning four additional devices, all using Android. The names of these handsets are the Innocomm Shark, Innocomm Shadow, Innocomm Scorpion and Innocomm Gemini.
The Shark is the closest to launch. Sales Manager Chuck Huang told PC World to expect this device to come out in May or June; he also mentioned that while it will be in the same category of smartphone as those that cost $500-600 retail, it will actually sell for much less at time of release.
Here’s some specs for the forthcoming Shark:
- 3.2-inch touchscreen
- 800 x 400 pixel resolution
- 8MP camera with flash
- 3.5mm headset jack
- MicroSD slot up to 32GB
- GPS, 3G, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- 115 x 58 x 12.5 mm
- Analog TV Receiver
- Digital TV Receiver in future model
The specs don’t mention processor speed, but we have been told that Innocomm has recently been making some changes in the chips for the Skate, so the final processor may not even be officially set yet in the Shark. But the 800 x 400 pixel resolution as well as analog TV receiver are great additions to the device.
On the other devices that were mentioned earlier, Huang told PC World that the designs are conceptual and haven’t been finalized, and could be influenced by customer requests. The only thing that can be counted on, according to Huang, is that Innocomm will always use Android OS in order to save money and justify a lower cost.
The Android smartphone market is becoming increasingly saturated with several young companies trying to make a name for itself. These companies typically choose Android because the OS just simply costs less to use than Windows. Innocomm is one of these young companies, and I believe that as long as it lives up to its mantra of being a high-quality device at a much lower cost, it will definitely stand out from the rest of the pack. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves; first Innocomm has to show up to the party before it actually gets judged. So, we’ll wait until May or June patiently to see how the Shark pans out…if it pans out at all.
And Innocomm, pretty please come out with the latest possible version of Android that you can!
via PC World