The Windows 8 phone "Intelegent" exists: PC World claims to have seen footage
Windows 8 Phone. Sounds familiar, right? It's either the common mistake made by both consumers and retailers or the i-mate product we looked at back at this year's Mobile World Congress. We remained on the fence at the time, but now PC World has revealed they've seen footage of the product, as well as the ability to confirm specifications. Interested? We sure are.
To confirm: yes, this is Windows 8 on a phone. i-mate will not only provide a device that runs the full version of Windows 8, but it's also promising a docking station that would turn the "Intelegent" into a desktop workstation. A truly mobile PC. Unfortunately, this product wasn't on public display at MWC so we were unable to have a play with concept or demo units and the "More information coming soon." message remains on the company's website.
Not all hope is lost, however. While we haven't seen i-mate since the Windows Mobile days, things could be about to change and there could really be a Windows 8 Phone on the horizon. As noted above, PC World claims to have seen several videos of the Intelegent in action, but have yet to actually use the phone and notes that they can't say how well it works as a whole.
The website does state that i-mate plans to launch the phone this summer for $750 (unsubsidised), with both CDMA and GSM models available. Pricing we previously covered is spot on as the complete package (including docking station and wireless tablet screen - see above image) will set consumers back by at least $1600.
So what are the specifications of the Intelegent? We're looking at a 4.7-inch display (1280x768), 2GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 3,000mAh battery, 8MP front-facing camera, 2MP rear shooter (stated by PC World - could well be incorrect), wireless charging and an Intel Z2760 to power Windows 8. It's the same chip that's found in Windows tablets such as the Acer Iconia W510, which isn't a slouch by any means.
We'll not dive into too much information, so be sure to head on over to PC World to read up the full report. The question we put to you is: are you interested?
Source: PC World
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
Is it just me or did I just laugh too hard at this?
Sorry, couldn't resist.
But brick or boulder. I dont care how heavy this is.
I'm buying this in a heartbeat.
I wouldnt hold my breath on this device
Basically meaning that the first time you drop your phone, it's entire contents will most likely be lost!
But more than H/W, it's the S/W that would need work . In such a device, Windows has to act like WP in potrait mode and like windows 8(8.1)in landscape mode . If MS can make it work that would be magical.
Just by looking at what they are doing with windows 8.1 its pretty evident that , that's what MS has in mind. But the wait for more BLUE updates is killing me .
This would make the Surface and Windows RT users look stupid.
I mean come on, Microsoft's really going to ask people to speculatively invest $1600 in a computing ecosystem based upon an 18-month old SOC? That's crazy.
On second thought it's probably Intel. The phone-to-tablet interface sounds suspiciously like Intel's Wi-Di technology, and if Microsoft were behind this they'd probably be basing it on a Snapdragon 800 or Tegra 4 and running Windows RT.
Besides, Windows 8 is HARDLY a "full desktop os". In its actual form, Windows 8 is a nightmare of an unfriendly desktop OS and much more of a Tablet/phone OS.
So, you will pardon me if I disregard your "large percentage" argument.
While I agree there is a learning curve to using Windows 8, it sure isnt that steep that you cant get around it.
And, I might be wrong on this, but Microsoft hasnt yet confirmed the reinstation of the start button so stop saying like "it is known".
Also, try to convince companies that a OS designed for teenagers who spend their lives on twitter and Facebook is good...good luck with that, you're gonna need it.
And I highly doubt its just the teenagers using fb and twitter that are liking it. It simply isnt about the age group, its more about the learning curve, you'll either go ahead with it or you'll not and keep calling others stupid and moron.
I myself am using it full time for my professional work and I have absolutely no issues using it.
The selling points are obvious what isn't is having a phone sized device capable of running a complex OS like Windows 8. At 2GB RAM, this device isn't there yet for most applications.
It will come. Maybe not is this package and probably not from this company, but it will come.