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ViewSonic Making Smartphone That Runs Win XP

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 28 comments

Forget Windows Mobile, this is XP.

Smartphones have changed the way that we browse the web (and perhaps what you read in the bathroom). So far we've always had a different experience using our phones than our PCs due to both hardware and software differences.

Soon, there will be a solution for those of you who want the mobility of a smartphone coupled with a full desktop OS will want to keep an eye on the ViewSonic PC Phone VCP08.

A translated report from a Chinese source indicates that the ViewSonic phone will have an Intel low-voltage CPU, 512MB RAM, 8 GB storage space with microSD support, a 4.3-inch TFT touch panel, a QWERTY full keyboard and even mouse buttons.

Unsubsidized pricing is estimated at $800.

This isn't the first smartphone to boast Windows XP software. Back in September, we learned of the xpPhone, which shares many of the same characteristics as the ViewSonic PC Phone VCP08.

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    gimpy1 , December 1, 2009 12:52 PM
    Ha, I am reading this from the bathroom at work, on a smartphone. How did Tom's know...
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    sunflier , December 1, 2009 12:20 PM
    With the gazillion "apps" available and no WinXP for the iphone??
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    gimpy1 , December 1, 2009 12:52 PM
    Ha, I am reading this from the bathroom at work, on a smartphone. How did Tom's know...
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    henrystrawn , December 1, 2009 12:53 PM
    XP is still being sold on netbooks. I would think that it will be supported for at least the next three years, about 1 year more than the average life span of a cellphone.
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    rexoverbey , December 1, 2009 12:57 PM
    BSOD and Control-Alt-Del can't wait!
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    jeffunit , December 1, 2009 1:06 PM
    An 'intel low voltage' what?
    An EEPROM? An Atom processor? A pentium 4? A core 2 quad? An I7? A LV Xeon?
    Intel makes many parts, and many different types of processors.
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    doomtomb , December 1, 2009 1:28 PM
    sunflierWith the gazillion "apps" available and no WinXP for the iphone??

    Think about what you are saying. Apple putting a Microsoft operating system on one of their most successful items of all time. Apple would never do that, they are far too stuck up to do that.
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    goodbird989wi , December 1, 2009 1:48 PM
    why? why?
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    jacobdrj , December 1, 2009 1:49 PM
    Could it be possible to have completely different systems within the 'phone' to prevent XP lockup problems: ala PS2 hardware inside PS3 (1st gen) console?

    What I am trying to say is: Can you keep the phone part hardware independent of the Windows XP part?
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    Anonymous , December 1, 2009 2:06 PM
    Windows XP is supported until 2014, however I would prefer to have openSUSE 11.2 on it. This would create a very useful device IMO.
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    Anonymous , December 1, 2009 2:21 PM
    Windows XP on a Smart Phone.....

    I don't even want to think about it what with the small size of the screen and the tech support nightmares just trying to keep everything on it completely up to date and trying to keep Malware and other parasites of of it.

    I can just see it now, go to accept a call and get a BSOD.

    I should hope there would be a provision to physically connect this phone to a network so one can do a Remote Desktop Connection directly just to make tech support easier.

    - Yeah, you bet I'm paranoid,
    I don't even own a cell phone cause of how much I hate them
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    Honis , December 1, 2009 2:25 PM
    If it runs XP then it can probably be hacked to kingdom come (hacked in the good way and bad way). Imagine not needing to buy (a crappy re-interfaced app) Doom again, or just running emulators from all of your favorite classic consoles. If you're a business person, remote into your workstation from anywhere using the native OS capabilities. I would pay $800 for XP (7 in the future hopefully) this size in my pocket without the Cell Phone capabilities.
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    buwish , December 1, 2009 2:28 PM
    Give it 2 years and we'll be seeing W7 on smart phones as well.
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    NapoleonDK , December 1, 2009 2:40 PM
    Flame me.

    WILL IT PLAY CRYSIS?!?!

    :p 
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    mlopinto2k1 , December 1, 2009 3:08 PM
    I wasn't sure about the support so maybe it would be pretty cool then. I didn't even think about all of the applications you can run on a SLOW ASS PROCESSOR. Ugh...
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    mlopinto2k1 , December 1, 2009 3:09 PM
    Al CoholicWindows XP is supported until 2014, however I would prefer to have openSUSE 11.2 on it. This would create a very useful device IMO.
    I agree. Or at least some kind of linux distro. They have proven to be pretty useful.
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    zak_mckraken , December 1, 2009 3:10 PM
    So, it's an overpriced Netbook we can talk with?
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    igot1forya , December 1, 2009 3:15 PM
    If it can run XP it can run Linux or anything else for that matter ;) 
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    jeffunit , December 1, 2009 4:12 PM
    Ok, now it is an 'Intel low voltage CPU'. That still leaves many possibilities. Could be a LV Xeon, a pentium IIIm, a ULV core, i960, pentium 4 mobile, and all the XScale processors (ARM). I am sure I have left out some Intel CPUs. Just guessing, I would guess the 'CPU' would be running an x86 instruction set...
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    enforcer22 , December 1, 2009 4:19 PM
    zak_mckrakenSo, it's an overpriced Netbook we can talk with?


    there is nothing over priced about it. Its the same price as ANY smart phone sold today.

    jeffunitAn 'intel low voltage' what?An EEPROM? An Atom processor? A pentium 4? A core 2 quad? An I7? A LV Xeon?Intel makes many parts, and many different types of processors.


    Are you incapable of common sense at all? i highlt doubt any of thoise cpus will be in a phone. The cpu however really irrelavent it will just likely be the same as any other smart phone.. about 700mhz could be under clocked to 500 like most others untill they realise how slow it is.

    Igot1foryaIf it can run XP it can run Linux or anything else for that matter


    perhaps but the reason i personaly want a xp phone is functionality. All these limited apple and linux phones out now (aka droid) are so damn limited on what i can put on them right now. I would love to see what freedome on a phone would be like with a real OS running it.
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