ITG xpPhone should replace iPhone and BlackBerry, says AMD Global VP

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During one of its first outings as a real working product rather than just a rendered image, the AMD-powered ITG xpPhone that's been available for preorder since September landed in the hands of several AMD executives.

Though those involved continue to remain tight-lipped about the exact chip being used in the slider-style MID phone (it's still just being listed as an "AMD Super Mobile CPU" that can be customized with clock speeds above and below 1GHz), they were clearly quite pleased with the system's performance when making and receiving calls using sample devices a few days ago. Why else would Rick Lisa, Global VP of AMD Embedded Sales, recommend that his colleagues use the xpPhone instead of the iPhone or BlackBerry? Probably the same reason that Buddy Broeker, Director of AMD Embedded Computing Solutions Division, thought that "most of [his] colleagues [were] feeling jealous" while he was holding the handset.

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Many believe that the CPU will probably be the old Geode, but there's no harm in hoping for something better until ITG or AMD confirms or denies it, right?

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18 thoughts on “ITG xpPhone should replace iPhone and BlackBerry, says AMD Global VP

  • December 11, 2009 at 2:36 pm
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    I don’t know if anyone is willing to give up their iPhone or BlackBerry for this device. Good to see your posting Jenn. Have you applied the hack on your Archos 5 to have Androd Market and maps

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  • December 11, 2009 at 3:20 pm
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    Doesn’t look awesome to me. The front face could use a lot of screen size.

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  • December 11, 2009 at 3:49 pm
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    the design could use a bit for thinking into :/
    And I seriously doubt it would replace Blackberry OR iphone… especially iphone

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  • December 11, 2009 at 3:51 pm
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    bezel is too big. better to just remove it and be all screen or remove it make the device smaller. BTW, Welcome back jenn!

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  • December 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm
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    I’m assuming that with their claim of 3 different screen sizes (4.3, 4.8 and 7 inches) that the reason for all of that bezel room is for the 7 inch screen. While i do loeve the idea of this phone and have no problem lugging it around, i’m just not sure about the interface and how it will transition between both phone and windows xp(or 7). I really want this to work but I’m not sold until we finally get some video of it running.

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  • December 11, 2009 at 4:37 pm
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    iPhone??? Blackberry???!! . . . . uhmm not so fast!

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  • December 11, 2009 at 5:03 pm
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    No, not yet. I’m not sure if I’m going to either, as I don’t use my Archos very often. I wonder if all the Google stuff will be integrated when the Donut and/or Eclair updates are released.

    Have you found a lot of great apps in the Android Market? I assume the selection is infinitely superior to what’s available in AppsLip, AndAppStore, SlideMe, etc. Does it compare favorably with Apple’s App Store?

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  • December 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm
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    Thanks, though I’m not officially back for at least another month (and even then, I don’t know how often I’ll really be writing). I just decided to take advantage of the “spare time” provided by my (finally) sleeping daughter this afternoon to sneak in some real computer time.

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  • December 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm
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    If I could get this activated as a phone with a US carrier then I’ll be getting it. Of course, I won’t be using this as a phone though. I just want to take advantage of the “unlimited” data plan on phones offered by most US carriers. I’ve noticed (at least on Verizon) that the phone data plan isn’t monitored as much as a mobile broadband plan is.

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  • December 11, 2009 at 5:29 pm
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    Also, I need to make sure this “AMD Super Mobile CPU” actually performs well enough to run Windows at a level good enough for what I do.

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  • December 11, 2009 at 10:41 pm
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    Yes there is more apps in the Android Market to choose from. I hope Archos does release a update to Eclair and hopefully with Android Market. If not I guess a hack should be good. :) Its not as favorably as the Apple App Store but its good enough for the short time. I have been using my A5 a lot lately and use the Dolphin Browser. Here is a quick video I did. Also works great tethered to my phone.

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  • December 12, 2009 at 1:57 am
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    I agree……..as long as it’s running XP, those of us who hardly use a cell phone can stand a larger screen……. As much as I’m dying for some sort of an XP-phone, 4.3″ isn’t appetizing.

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  • December 12, 2009 at 4:40 am
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    These AMD executives ought to express their enthusiasm with their wallets instead of just their mouths. Help the developers bring this to market.

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  • December 13, 2009 at 4:57 am
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    This thing looks like a beast of a device… and not in a good way.

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  • December 13, 2009 at 9:27 am
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    I’ll take a real computer in my pocket over any mobile os anyday that includes Iphone, Blackberry, Android, Palm OS or anything else. A real computer people, run flash, all video formats, surf all webpages, play emulators, stream video, edit documents, listen to all formats of music, no video conversions. I would think more people would be excited.

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  • December 13, 2009 at 2:41 pm
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    why not an n900??? it does all tasks you listed…and even more!

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  • December 14, 2009 at 5:39 am
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    Information is perfect, give answers and find the most appropriate solution of the problem that I encountered during this

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  • December 15, 2009 at 8:05 am
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    Now that I’ve seen a video of this thing, I’m even more in the “no” camp than I was before.

    Sorry, but I really need to be able to fit my phone in my pocket. For a UMPC/MID, I can live with a loose definition of pocketable (think, coat pocket). For my phone, it needs to be able to fit in a jean pocket. There’s no way this thing is going to fit in a normal sized pants pocket.

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/15/itg-xpphone-seen-powering-up-on-video/

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