Friday, December 5, 2008

iCEphone ready to debut next year

A Swiss Army Knife like smartphone, that's what the U.K.-based company named Medical Phone is calling its iCEphone.

In fact, Medical Phone touted the usefulness of iCEphone similar to the growing popularity of micro-notebook, or as we know it nowadays as netbook. But maybe the company is right to call iCEphone like that, because the three folding panels smartphone was originally designed for British military.

"The phone changes shape to suit the task at hand," said Graham Gilmour, from The Medical Phone, of Edinburgh as reported by PC World. "The phone is rubbery, has a ruggedized casing that enables it to withstand drops of up to 1.2 meters and can survive in rain, snow or being dropped in the ocean," said Gilmour.

At first everyone think that iCEphone is just a phone concept, but Medical Phone has demonstrated the device at the recent 3GSM Asia exhibition in Macau and gain much attention due to its unusual physical design.

The phone's name is inspired by the "In Case of Emergency (ICE)"-button, which is placed below the typing pad. Hitting the button notifies emergency services that the user is in trouble, gives them the phone's location via GPS, and provides them with the user's complete digital medical records, identification and other data.

The Medical Phone has just started manufacturing the iCEphone smartphones and plans to sell them in the second quarter of next year for under US$1,000. Ouch, that's quite a steep price for a smartphone. Is it really speak for what the smartphone itself can do? Here's the quick list of iCEphone's specs:
  • Quad-band GSM up to HSDPA
  • Freescale iMX31, 532 MHz processor
  • 128 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM
  • 3" TFT touchscreen 264K colors in 240x400 pixels
  • Windows Mobile 6.0
  • 3.1MP camera with LED flash
  • WiFi b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • microSD slot
  • GPS
  • Li-Ion 1250 mAh battery
  • 210g weight
  • Colors available are Black, Amber, Green & Blue.

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