ITG now accepting xpPhone preorders with choice of AT&T, Orange, or Vodafone

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In preparation for its global launch, China's In Technology Group (ITG) has just launched a redesigned English website and is now accepting unpriced preorders for the Computex-revealed xpPhone. Trumpeted by the company as the "world's first mobile phone that runs Windows XP," the AMD-powered slider hasn't undergone any notable changes—cosmetically or otherwise—since it was last seen, so all the specs you've previously committed to memory are still intact.

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That means the xpPhone is still all about what you see below:

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The SSD and HDD options you see listed are apparently not an either-or choice, with ITG asserting that the device supports both drives at the same time (the SSD to "help save power" and the HDD for the "full internet experience") and can even be used as a portable hard disk when the system shuts down.

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More interesting than the specs, the seven major advantages, or even the nine major technologies involved with the xpPhone, however, is the fact that it "supports the global three major 3G standards."

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To prove it, the preorder page requires you to choose your "3G module" from a drop-down menu that lists Vodafone, AT&T, and Orange. Why the same xpPhone isn't able to support all the necessary 3G frequency bands on its own is unclear, but the use of the carriers' names at least bodes well for those in the US and Europe who hoped the phone would be available outside of China.

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I asked my contact at ITG for pricing info and a global release date and was told that I'd be notified immediately when such details were ready for public consumption. I was also told that the final product will be "more thin and sharp," so although we don't know when or for how much, at least we know to expect the xpPhone to be sporting a new look the next time it makes an appearance.

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49 thoughts on “ITG now accepting xpPhone preorders with choice of AT&T, Orange, or Vodafone

  • Avatar of JC
    September 17, 2009 at 1:37 am
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    Sadly, without a size reference, pretty much every device looks like a brick. The late, unlamented OQO Model 02 was smaller than the Viliv S5. However, the pictures made the OQO look huge. It wasn’t until near the end that they had pictures on their web site of it in someone’s hand so that you could gauge its actual size. (Certainly, when I first saw an OQO in person, I was surprised by how small it was compared to the impression of size its pictures left.)

    The xpPhone has a 4.8″ screen. If I had to guess based on the picture, I’d say it was about the same size as the Viliv S5. Still, actual physical dimensions and a price would be nice.

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  • Avatar of Klutzo
    September 17, 2009 at 1:52 am
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    Interesting.. Sounds like they have a half way decent batt life according to their site.

    Ultra-low power consumption, Super-long standby period, it lasts for 12 hours
    and stands by for 5 days
    The patented technology of In Technology makes xpInside with 4.8 inch touch screen works for 7 hours continuously with standard battery and 12 hours with large battery. xpInside stands by for 5 days with standard battery, much longer than traditional Smartphone.

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  • Avatar of Vakeros
    September 17, 2009 at 3:03 am
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    Taking screen size as reference point you are looking at an S5 size. Two advantages over S5 – Slider keyboard and Phone functionality. Some won’t be bothered about phone, bt for all those who were excited about the Shift, this looks good.

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 17, 2009 at 5:52 am
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    Those Unused space on the top and the bottom makes is so much bigger. I like the Idea but desktop OS on ur phone? What? U gotta install inti virus, Anti spayware,malware,adware, and all those things U need to do in order to have a normal running XP. Plus imagine calling 911 then U got hit by BSOD. I would love to have this,but with any other Mobile os.

    On the side note, This would be a great device for someone that don’t bother with the phone or use it as their phone like Vakeros said.

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 17, 2009 at 6:03 am
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    About the size, I’ll prolly think the closest one anyone can compare to is the Willcom D4. D4 has a 5″ screen and have the same space on each side. But Then, It has WVGA so prolly it will be a little narrower so Owners can easily get a grip when making calls.

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  • Avatar of Phen0m
    September 17, 2009 at 6:44 am
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    If it’s near oQo size.. i will buy this.. but 400g at(by someones estimate.. Sharp D4 size.. noway :(
    Huge bezel ruins it.

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 17, 2009 at 7:31 am
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    I amy be wrong. I think D4 is way too bid. Has bigger bezel too.

    Just watch this to get a better idea

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  • Avatar of MWPollard
    September 17, 2009 at 8:09 am
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    “Anti spayware”? You wouldn’t be related to anybody named “Bobbit”, would you?

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 17, 2009 at 10:02 am
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    Yup. That’s good. But If the device is around 600 bucks on release, i will get it and install W7 myself.

    For those people with CDMA carrier, T-mobile will hook U up on just data for 20 bucks a month. But IDK how reliable their network is and how fast is their 3G.

    It also says that it has CDMA version. Does it mean it will run on Sprint or Verizon?

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  • Avatar of The Niles
    September 17, 2009 at 10:07 am
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    This is the same in terms of hardware as the Everun except perhaps the speed of the SSD (let’s hope at least). That unfortunately means even youtube will not work. It will enable the use of office but with the thumb-style keyboard and the resolution of the screen actually getting a decent amount of work done is going to hard. Huge gadget factor but I question its use in real life.

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  • Avatar of The Niles
    September 17, 2009 at 10:08 am
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    Ohh and forget about Windows 7. XP is all the CPU can handle.

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 17, 2009 at 10:35 am
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    Due to the fact it’s geode? How did U know it’s geode? Nobody knows that. What if it’s the bobcat?

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  • Avatar of Stubaw
    September 17, 2009 at 10:50 am
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    On google image search there’s a phot of it with a USB dongle in, that helps to gauge its size.

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  • Avatar of The Niles
    September 17, 2009 at 10:58 am
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    Yeah, they are taking pre-orders on a device that is not going to launch until 2011. There aren’t even production samples or any samples of bobcat around at all and we have seen working models of the XP-Phone. It’s equipped with Geode and it is going to be painfully slow.

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  • Avatar of Stubaw
    September 17, 2009 at 11:03 am
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    “[AMD] admitted in the Q&A session that Bobcat could indeed slip into future UMPCs.” – July 27, 2007
    It’s quite possible that it will be the Bobcat seeing as it was scheduled for release in 2009.

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 17, 2009 at 11:09 am
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    Bobcat’s development is completely a secret. In fact, people thought it was discontinued but AMD denies that. Plus there is an AMD development plant in Shanghai. I wouldn’t be surprised if they put Bobcat inside the phone and name it something else just to see how the consumer will respond.

    I am not saying Ur wrong. I am saying U can’t be 100% sure.

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 17, 2009 at 11:10 am
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    Yes. Bobcat is specifically designed for UMPC’s MID’s Phones, and other consumer electronic devices.

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  • Avatar of The Niles
    September 17, 2009 at 11:17 am
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    Nothing is 100% sure but word is Fusion has been pushed back until 2011 and it certainly hasn’t been announced yet so even if it is coming to market before 2011 it wont be any time soon.

    Also Bobcat will a mayor launch for AMD. Their answer to Atom. They are not going to do such a mayor launch with a nothing firm like ITG launching a risky product that will never grow out of a niche market.

    AMD aren’t idiots they want their share of the netbook market and they will line up some big names to make mass appeal devices.

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 17, 2009 at 11:24 am
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    Like I said, They might put it there and name it something else like “AMD Super Mobile CPU” just to see how will the CPU do, So that they can Do adjustments B4 it’s Official launch.Plus, AMD is not saying that it is the official launch of any CPU.
    I don’t think AMD can afford to launch something that will fail miserably at this point.

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  • Avatar of The Niles
    September 17, 2009 at 11:39 am
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    Something that hasn’t happened in the history of computing. What you are doing is wishful thinking. You want it to be bobcat so you are brewing a nonsense story of how it could be bobcat. They are launching this thing with XP because it is all that even the L900 will handle. Hell they even admit they are selling a 512MB version which there wouldn’t if it came or could come with Windows 7.

    There is absolutely no reason to think that anything other than Geode is in XP-Phone.

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 17, 2009 at 11:41 am
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    LOL. I am absolutely sure that U are brewing a story that it is a geode. I am 100% sure U cannot prove a geode inside that phone.

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 17, 2009 at 11:50 am
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    Nobody believed in geode in 2007. And U think ITG thinks it’s the best CPU that will power their device in 2009?

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 17, 2009 at 12:09 pm
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    I can’t believe this dude saying that there is nothing 100% sure but he’s saying that there is absolutely nothing else will go inside the phone other than geode.

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  • Avatar of yamete888
    September 17, 2009 at 5:18 pm
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    Now I was wondering, how many people have filled up or will fill up the online pre-order form? Though from the posts here, looks like a long debate going on about the cpu/specs of the system…

    http://www.xpphone.com/en/product/order.html

    It’s an interesting product after all…even though it’s bigger than most (if not all) the smartphones in the market nowadays, but nonetheless, an interesting piece of equipment…

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  • Avatar of StarTAC Fan
    September 17, 2009 at 6:43 pm
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    How can they claim CDMA/1X/EVDO when all choices for carriers in the pre-order form are in the GSM camp?

    There are smaller carriers in the US, PagePlus Cellular for example which uses the Verizon network, that will activate a compatible handset. So if CDMA was a available as an option, it would be usable, at least in the US.

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  • Avatar of drew
    September 17, 2009 at 11:28 pm
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    only porn-surfers, ie users, and morons needs anti-virus. Why would anyone install stuff that slows down there computer just because they like Smiley Central and Zoingo toolbars?

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  • Avatar of drew
    September 17, 2009 at 11:29 pm
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    by w7, you mean windows 7? on a phone? why?

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  • Avatar of StarTAC Fan
    September 18, 2009 at 1:30 am
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    It’s generated a lot of interest because it’s really the oqoPhone.

    Though OQO has collapsed, it has a very strong fan-base. And even if someone hasn’t seen an OQO, they will immediately recognize the usefulness of such a device.

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  • Avatar of roy_g_biv
    September 18, 2009 at 7:04 am
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    Bobcat? Geode? Windows 7? Only time will tell. One thing is sure; There are millions of people out here (the other 90% of us) that would never buy an iphone because it does not run Windows. If this MID/Phone does everything they say it will, they are going to rule the world!

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 18, 2009 at 8:35 am
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    If u read my posts, U will answer ur own questions. But I will repeat it for U OK? A Desktop OS on a Phone is a no go for me. But If I’m planning to use the device as a UMPC/MID without making it my primary phone, Yes. The advantage is, If I have a GSM carrier on my primary phone, I will just pop in my SIM card and I can use the device anywhere without missing a call. I will just treat xpphone as a UMPC. Do U now understand?

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  • Avatar of yamete888
    September 18, 2009 at 10:51 am
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    Just fill out the “pre-order” form today…I wonder what would that entitled me to? hopefully updates on price/specs of the unit? better price because it’s a pre-order? who knows…

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  • Avatar of Cheif
    September 18, 2009 at 12:19 pm
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    Someone ask for dimensions,

    Width =100.00mm
    Length =170.00mm
    Height =25mm
    Weight =400g

    Length is almost the same as a Sharp D4 minus 1″ and add almost and inch width wise. Add or minus an inch almost the same real estate as a D4, I guess it comes down to how big are your pockets for purchase and portability.

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 18, 2009 at 4:39 pm
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    LOL. I’m sorry but an inch longer and almost an inch wider doesnt sound like almost the same size.

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  • Avatar of jethro_static
    September 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm
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    You prolly dont have a Windows computer. That is why U don’t have a clue.

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  • Avatar of Cliffy44
    September 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm
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    I want this phone, even after reading all the “expert’s” comments on what it can and can’t do; and on all of it’s limitations and restrictions.

    It’s not even in production and everyone here who writes about it, with it not even existing as of yet probably are customer service agents, relegated to answering telephone inquiries on something that they haven’t a clue about; but, who don’t have the intestinal fortitude to simply either say that they really don’t know – OR better yet, since they don’t really know and are just speculating, should really either preface their comments with the fact that they don’t know; or even better than that – They shouldn’t say anything, because now, their parents are ashamed of them.

    IF anyone knows (And I mean REALLY KNOWS – NO CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENTS COMMENTARY, PLEASE) how & where I can pre-order this handset, please write to me at [email protected].
    I am in the VoIP / Cellular industry; but I don’t need to TRY and impress someone with Customer Service ignorant speculation.

    Cliffy44
    [email protected]

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  • Avatar of peejay
    September 21, 2009 at 2:04 am
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    I too think it’s likely to be a Geode – the rest of the specs look very much like an Everun, which used the Geode. (The resolution of the video out, that it can do TV out, that you can use as a hard disk when turned off… all same as the Everun.)

    But I use an Everun every day and don’t find it painfully slow. True, you can’t use YouTube, you can’t play games, and you sometimes need to be a bit patient – but remember this is a PC that fits in your pocket, for goodness sake. I routinely have several instances of several Office 2003 apps open at once, plus a couple of others, and it’s perfectly fine for editing documents, including pretty big ones.

    Seems a shame that it’s no better than an Everun though – apart from (1) the slide out keyboard and (2) the fact that it exists (maybe).

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  • Avatar of Cheif
    September 21, 2009 at 11:34 am
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    Minus 1″ not Add 1″ to Length of D4. So the XPphone is shorter than a D4 by 1″, but Wider than a D4 by 0.75″.

    So to me it seems like D4 or XPphone would take up the same amount of space. Does 1 inch either way make a big difference in portability, When I measured my pants back pocket (dockers), it was 5 inches wide by 6 inches deep so the XPphone would fit though I wouldn’t want to place my phone in my back pocket I rather have it in my front pocket which is bigger than my back pocket or on my belt. It seems small enough to be pocketable.

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  • Avatar of StarTAC Fan
    September 24, 2009 at 3:36 am
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    I think this device then should be treated like a smartphone, not a computer that fits in your pocket.

    Taken from that angle, it’s a damn powerful smartphone with features and capabilities that blow away anything else.

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  • Avatar of Fiona Long
    November 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm
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    That looks beautiful.There is a good news that the xpphone 2 wll be released in January,2012.

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  • Avatar of Fiona Long
    November 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm
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    That looks beautiful.There is a good news that the xpphone 2 wll be released in January,2012.

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