xpPhone: Smartphone that Runs Windows XP

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

  • magicandy
    Price and performance please.....under $400 and not slow-as-molasses would be a good start.
  • Niva
    Will it play Crysis?
  • hellwig
    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?
  • jellico
    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!
  • WheelsOfConfusion
    I don't really need legacy desktop app support on my phone.
  • 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.
  • dark_lord69
    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... :(
  • webbwbb
    This is the first product to come along to make me consider getting a smart phone.
  • pbrigido
    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?
  • Parsian
    But ... WILL IT RUN CRYSIS???