The mysterious i-mate Windows 8 phone is still coming

A few months ago, reports were released about a smartphone that ran, not on Windows Phone 8, but the full PC Windows 8 operating system. The company making these claims was the Redmond, Washington-based i-mate, and at the time the company said the phone would be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The show came and went in late February without any announcements from i-mate, however.

This week, PCWorld claims that the Windows 8 phone, with the brand name Intelegent, is indeed real. However, it would seem that i-mate is still a bit skittish about showing off the device in public. The article's author says he saw videos showing the Intelegent in action but i-mate would not allow that video to be posted to the site. Officially, i-mate has said it doesn't want to show the prototypes of the Intelegent and that the final product will be slimmer.

One of the videos showed the phone's dock, which can be hooked up to a PC monitor that in theory will allow the phone to also serve as a full PC replacement. Inside the phone, i-mate says the 4.7-inch device will have an Intel Z2760 Clover Trail processor along with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. It will also have a five megapixel rear camera and a two megapixel front facing camera.

i-mate is still saying that the Intelegent will cost $750 on its own, unsubsidized, or you can get the phone with the docking station and its own 10.1-inch tablet screen for a whopping $1,600. i-mate won't sell the phone by itself, but does say it will work with unnamed wireless carriers that will sell the Intelegent. There's still no specific launch date for the Windows 8 phone.

Source: PCWorld | Image via i-mate

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"The article's author says he saw videos showing the Intelegent in action but i-mate would not allow that video to be posted to the site."

So, somebody saw a video and it is the only proof that we have. And they kidding us?.

It smells like vaporware

AsherGZ said,
What about basic phone functionality like making calls and sending texts?

There's an app for that. Just like on the Windows Phone, to make calls you use the phone app. It wouldn't be any different on a PC if you had the hardware for GSM calls.

Nashy said,
Surely they will disable desktop. I really hope MS have desktopless tablet Windows 8.

That's how it should have been all along.
Windows 8 tablets with Modern UI and Apps, and Windows 8 pc/laptop just with desktop, like normal.

I don't know about you but I'm quite comfortable with Windows 8 on my non-touch screen laptop. I don't have a problem using my touchpad and keyboard at all, and I like having live tiles and apps that show push notifications on my laptop. If Windows 8 had just the desktop, like you said, it would be just Windows 7 with minor improvements. To me Windows 7 is just plain boring and slow compared to Windows 8. #just my opinion.

LUTZIFER said,

That's how it should have been all along.
Windows 8 tablets with Modern UI and Apps, and Windows 8 pc/laptop just with desktop, like normal.

This attitude is absolutely idiotic. It's one thing to say tablet editions should be metro-only, but when a desktop CAN run all the apps, to say that they should intentionally make it impossible to run metro apps makes you sound incredibly anti-user.

You don't lock out an entire platform out of a narrow-minded, get-off-my-lawn attitude about what YOU think a PC should only ever be.

what's the deal with disabling the desktop? if you don't want to use it then don't... geezus... it's not that difficult ... remove the desktop tile and you are done.

So the phone on its own is nearly £500 (so straying into iPhone 5 territory), but then to be able to also use it as a PC and a tablet, it's over £1,000? Yeah, I get the feeling this probably won't be flying off the store shelves.

MightyJordan said,
So the phone on its own is nearly £500 (so straying into iPhone 5 territory), but then to be able to also use it as a PC and a tablet, it's over £1,000? Yeah, I get the feeling this probably won't be flying off the store shelves.

The I-mate's phone might not, but with the likes of Ubuntu phone offering the same (and possibly all other future Android based phones), i'll be interesting to see how other OEMs try to keep a head. We have technology now that allows for wireless docking of not only things like a keyboard and mouse if need be (forgetting using the device as a keyboard or even a mouse for the moment) but also wireless displays.
We might see tablets having a shorter life span then we think if wireless HDMI technology was included in more TV/monitors or via adapters or standardised simply docking systems.

I know myself, I'd buy a phone that I could dock. It'd make so much more sense then using a tablet that folds into a laptop and then having to pull out my phone as well.

Of course, it's not going to be there for everyone, People who're trying to work while traveling might find it hard to dock-up with out a display but these are the type of people who'd own a proper laptop anyway.

All I have to say is.... this thing better have a battery that's better then anything else out there right now. Otherwise, forget about it....