i-mate to produce a Windows 8... phone?

Plenty of perfectly legitimate devices are currently being demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but if the Seattle Times is to be believed, we're in for an interesting ride from the folks at i-mate. The company has apparently resurrected itself from the bowels of irrelevance, and they will be showing off a Windows 8 phone - that's right, not a Windows Phone 8 device, but a Windows 8 phone - that they've developed in their Redmond offices.

The machine will be powered by an x86 Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom processor that has found its way into many Windows 8 tablets, and will also pack in 2 GB of RAM alongside 64 GB of storage and HSPA+/LTE radios. The device will be running a full-blown copy of Windows 8 Pro, including the Start screen environment and the ability to run desktop apps on the device's 4.7-inch (presumably 1280 x 768) display.

For $750 you'll be able to purchase the phone by itself, dubbed the "Intelegent", or you can shell out $1600 for a full "hardware suite" featuring a docking "hub" that powers the attached phone handset as well as a 23-inch touch-screen display, keyboard and mouse. The complete package also features a 10.1-inch auxiliary tablet with a 1080p display, which appears to be wirelessly run by the docked smartphone.

We can't help but feel like this device might just be vaporware, but if someone actually manages to spot it on the MWC trade floor it would definitely be interesting to see the device in action. With Windows Phone 8 specifically designed to cater for smartphones, Windows 8 seems like a very strange choice to put on this sort of hardware, catering for a very small portion of the general public.

Source: Seattle Times via: WPCentral

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"catering for a very small portion of the general public." - I don't get it? It seems obvious to me that this is what 90% of the general public would want: a phone that uses the same OS as the desktop and laptop, for seamless transition.

They made some very good devices at the time; it will be interesting to see how this idea evolves.
I am definitely looking for it.

I have to say, that's one of the nicer looking phone designs.

If I am to understand it you could actually run the windows 8 desktop on the phone?

ha ha, that would be interesting.

Sounds like they are trying to do what Ubuntu are trying to do. Have mobile device that when docked becomes a fully functional PC. Cute idea but ultimately not going to really work, particularly since MS already have a purpose built OS for phones and Win8 was never intended for such a use. Well that is my thoughts anyway...

Xerxes said,
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Silly.
Windows 8 has support for wireless radios.
Store has provisions for downloading over metered connections.
Under the hood, Win8 = WP8
It's just the cosmetics of the Windows Runtime that vary between platforms.
MS will unify those as Blue release schedules align.

Xerxes said,
Ubuntu is hoping manufacturers will provide the same service with their OS. A very reasonable idea considering the power of phone hardware and the presence of Intel hitting the power sipping of ARM with their instruction set. In both cases the result could be quite compelling and useful. One device for all of your tech needs with a single code base. I mean, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 already share the core OS. Windows phone is just a stripped down Windows 8 with a custom shell, for the most part. Interesting times ahead.
Fixt to make it sound like you have any idea what you're talking about.

Guess who's back, back again
i-mates back, tell a friend...

I'll dig out the jasjar in honour of their return

I'm not sure how well this will actually do, im not convinced the tech is 100% there yet (for the phone to drive all those devices) but its certainly an interesting concept

Navan said,
holy crap, i-mate! how is this company surviving?

I was thinking the same thing O.O
it is sort of cool though to see a company I knew from way back then to come back alive from seemingly death to me.

Just one. The phone outputs to the monitor from the dock. And the dock also seems to wirelessly stream Win 8 to the tablet-like device.

I think this is like a peak in to the future. I can imagine phones with full OS's replacing computers for many people by using setups like this

I think we will see this with Windows Blue, which will have support for smaller 7/8 inch tablets. So we could see something like the new Galaxy Note 8, which is still a phone but with a ridiculous 8" screen.

You claim this phone may have a 720p screen... Highly unlikely as you need atleast 1024x768 for Metro apps to work. If either vertical or horizontal res is lower than any of those numbers the apps wont work. It will likely have 1080p or a 1280x768 screen like the Lumia 920.

I think Win 8 would actually be quite usable on a phone but noway as usable as WP8. On the other hand you get full Windows in a phone, which is just cool.

Scorpus said,
Ah true, it will probably have a WXGA display, updated the article

judging from the pictures there is 6 rows of tiles....that resolution has to be above my laptops 1600x900 (900p).
that has a be a 1080p with 1920x1080px

looking at intel's latest announcement about their new Atom processors for smartphone looks like this device could actually see the light of day. I'm hoping it's at least 5.5inchs

ctrl_alt_delete said,

judging from the pictures there is 6 rows of tiles....that resolution has to be above my laptops 1600x900 (900p).
that has a be a 1080p with 1920x1080px

looking at intel's latest announcement about their new Atom processors for smartphone looks like this device could actually see the light of day. I'm hoping it's at least 5.5inchs


You're thinking too laterally, think vertically instead

This'll probably be like that Windows 7 phone (no not Windows Phone 7) that was produced, only I'm sure this one will actually be usable.