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xpPhone: Smartphone that Runs Windows XP

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How does the full XP OS in your pocket sound?

We've seen a lot of smartphones over the last two years (and we mean a LOT). Similar to netbooks, it's rare we'll see one that really catches our eye. They're mostly just "me too" products from companies eager to cash in on the fact that practically everyone wants a phone that can do more than just make calls and send messages. 

However, during the week we clapped eyes on the xpPhone, a device that was oh so briefly demoed at Computex. ITG's smartphone looks like a lot of work. Far from your average Windows phone, it has a QWERTY keyboard and then some. Everything you see on the keyboard in front of you is on the xpPhone, along with dedicated buttons for left and right mouse clicks. As the name suggests, the phone comes with Windows XP as opposed to Windows Mobile.

While this is interesting (we definitely want to get our hands on one to take it for a test drive), that all-inclusive, slide out keyboard, 4.8-inch LCD and camera make for a pretty big phone. Then again, what can you expect from a phone with USB support (for a scanner, printer, mouse or keyboard), VGA, GPS and a touchpad?

Anyone even a little interested? Let us know in the comments below. Check out the full story over on Pocketables.

*Image credit: Engadget/Pocketables

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    magicandy , September 18, 2009 3:42 PM
    Price and performance please.....under $400 and not slow-as-molasses would be a good start.
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    jellico , September 18, 2009 3:50 PM
    If the performance is decent, then that would definitely be a gamer-changer in the smartphone market. The ability for a phone to run full operating system means that its configuration options, not to mention potential app market, are endless. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes out for more info on this puppy!
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    Anonymous , September 18, 2009 3:55 PM
    Full Desktop features in a portable, fits the palm of your hand form factor. I like it! With a portable projector or a an empty cubicle with an LCD monitor and a usb/bluetooth keyboard and mouse, the productivity options are endless! And for the techie on a desk-side support call - an Esata to USB adapter will permit you to connect an infected disk drive to scan and fix for viruses or backup data.
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    magicandy , September 18, 2009 3:42 PM
    Price and performance please.....under $400 and not slow-as-molasses would be a good start.
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    hellwig , September 18, 2009 3:46 PM
    Hard to be interested without more specs. What is it running, Intel Atom I assume. How much does it weigh with a small computer inside, and any idea on cost (though it couldn't be worse than an iPhone or a netbook).

    I think there was supposed to be a link to another article?
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    jellico , September 18, 2009 3:50 PM
    If the performance is decent, then that would definitely be a gamer-changer in the smartphone market. The ability for a phone to run full operating system means that its configuration options, not to mention potential app market, are endless. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes out for more info on this puppy!
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    Anonymous , September 18, 2009 3:55 PM
    Full Desktop features in a portable, fits the palm of your hand form factor. I like it! With a portable projector or a an empty cubicle with an LCD monitor and a usb/bluetooth keyboard and mouse, the productivity options are endless! And for the techie on a desk-side support call - an Esata to USB adapter will permit you to connect an infected disk drive to scan and fix for viruses or backup data.
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    dark_lord69 , September 18, 2009 4:01 PM
    I like it!
    I think this might be my next phone...
    If it's not $5,000,000 like most phones are.
    But I've got another yr on my contract though... :( 
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    webbwbb , September 18, 2009 4:09 PM
    This is the first product to come along to make me consider getting a smart phone.
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    pbrigido , September 18, 2009 4:14 PM
    I've been waiting for years for a phone that can run a version of Windows. What service provider does it use? How much is it? How fast is it?
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    RooD , September 18, 2009 4:41 PM
    HTC has one that runs vista been out for a little while

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16875502012&Tpk=HTC%20vista
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    Anonymous , September 18, 2009 4:47 PM
    Probably running a Z series Atom, ultra slow,and low on battery life, as is expected from a heavy OS for cellphones, like Windows XP.
    I bet it even will have difficulty running a game in Dosbox.
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    dasin88 , September 18, 2009 4:47 PM
    I can't imagine the battery life on this device is anything to write home about... A full operating system in my pocket would be really nice, but the risk of viruses and a 45 minute battery life are very unappealing.
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    cadder , September 18, 2009 5:00 PM
    I think it's all about the apps- the iPhone's appeal to me is the variety of apps available. There are apps available for my WM phone but the OS makes it difficult to use when you have lots of apps loaded.
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    crom , September 18, 2009 5:24 PM
    The reason the iphone works is that it was thought out from the ground up to be a good OS for a touch screen phone. I like XP, but the problem with a phone like this is that XP wasn't designed to be a phone OS, and just getting things to work on a device that small would be a real pain, esp with a qwerty keyboard on the thing.
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    jhansonxi , September 18, 2009 5:24 PM
    marcus_brThis legacy desktop OS and it's apps are light years ahead of any crap available on any smart phone now.This is the first smart phone that raised my interest since...they we're invented.Multithreading, endless support...endless options...that's a SMART phone, unlike your comment, which was pretty dumb
    It's legacy compared to Vista and Windows 7. A 4.8in screen isn't exactly great for a desktop OS even if it is Windows XP Embedded (which may be what they're using).
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    Anonymous , September 18, 2009 5:49 PM
    just rubish! who wants a normal heavyweight os on his phone. No , THNX!
    I bet it has an atom inside -> bye bye battery. (cannot be compared to an ARM core when it comes to power consumption)
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    jeverson , September 18, 2009 5:50 PM
    For thise to lazy to do as search on "pocketables xpphone"... here are the specs...

    CPU: AMD Super Mobile CPU
    Memory: 512mb/1Gb
    SSD: 8Gb/16Gb/32Gb/64Gb
    HDD: 30Gb/60Gb/80Gb/120Gb
    LCD: 4.8" TFT Touch LCD 800x480
    OS: XP
    Wireless: 802.11 b/g
    Camera: 1.3Mp

    With these specs... I wonder if it will run Win7
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    WheelsOfConfusion , September 18, 2009 5:54 PM
    marcus_brPretty stupid comment of yours.This legacy desktop OS and it's apps are light years ahead of any crap available on any smart phone now.

    How much of that do you need on a phone, though? Especially one that's probably going to be slow and clunky compared even to a netbook for battery life/heat reasons. Chances are if you need something that works with XP you won't need it on a phone (or even want it, with that tiny screen), and if it's just the functionality of a class of program you want (word processing for example), there'll probably be an app for it on other platforms like Linux/Android or the iPhone. I mean, it doesn't even look like a decent on-the-go Windows gaming device because of the tiny keyboard.

    I'd probably need some examples before I'm convinced of its utility.
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    leo2kp , September 18, 2009 6:03 PM
    With Windows 7 battery life I wish Microsoft would make an "ultra lite" version of 7 that would run on a phone like this, maybe even the netbook version would run on it.
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