INQ Android phone with multitouch coming in Q4

Back in September 2009, INQ (fully-owned subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa) announced that it would introduce phones based on Android starting this year.

Now INQ has unveiled more details about its Android plans, saying to GigaOM that its first phone to run Google’s OS will be available sometime in the fourth quarter of the year.

The INQ Android handset will be a touchscreen one with multi-touch capabilities. Unfortunately, that’s all we know about it at this point.

INQ’s devices launched until now are Brew-based affordable phones that integrate Skype and social networking services like Facebook and Twitter. Reportedly, INQ has managed to sell more than 1.5 million units of its latest handset, the QWERTY-equipped INQ Chat 3G. At the moment, INQ devices are quite successful in markets like the UK, Italy and India.

This below is not the real INQ Android phone, it’s just a quick mock-up I made, based on the INQ 3G Chat (and yes, I did steal that UI from the Samsung Galaxy S).

Interestingly, it looks like INQ wants to go after Samsung and Sony Ericsson with its Android phones. Will it make it? Maybe – especially since Hutchison Whampoa has tons of cash that it could invest in the company.

Author: Florin

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