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New photos and details of ViewSonic's VCP08 Windows XP phone emerge

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Originally breaking cover with a series of rendered images in mid-November, some new actual photos of the ViewSonic VCP08 smartphone have now emerged. As a brief reminder, the VCP08 is a clamshell smartphone running Windows XP as well as a separate conventional phone system. The phone portion features a 2-inch screen with a numeric keypad occupying the front of the device. Opening the clamshell reveals a 4.3-inch internal screen and a full QWERTY keypad with a finger mouse for the UMPC component.

The latest photos of the actual product show it to be a faithful realization of the concept shown in the renders and give a better idea of its design, style, and size. The VCP08 is large for a smartphone, easily dwarfing devices like the iPhone and Nokia N97 mini (shown in one of the new images for comparison). As a result, the keyboard looks more spacious than what we generally expect from a smartphone, although the larger size definitely makes the handset less pocketable.

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Regarding the hardware specifications, most of the original specs have been maintained including the 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and support for MicroSD. Some new information includes confirmation of the previously unknown processor to be an 800MHz Intel Atom Z500. On a less positive note, the battery capacity has been quoted at 1200mAH, which I feel is much too low for a UMPC/phone hybrid running Windows XP! The previous assumption of being able to run the phone independently with the UMPC portion shutdown has also been confirmed, though, so the standby and talk times should be reasonable.

Our original story of the ViewSonic VCP08 was met with a mixture of curiosity and interest as well as some skepticism. What are your thoughts now seeing these latest images and details? We look forward to hearing them in the comments! Head over to shanzhaiben.com for more images.

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16 thoughts on “New photos and details of ViewSonic's VCP08 Windows XP phone emerge

  • Avatar of christopher

    good gosh, no! kill it before it runs wild.

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  • Actual screen size needs to be bigger! What’s with all the wasted space? If I’m going to carry a brick, make it something that can really knock out the iFanboys.

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  • Holy crap!!! Someone tell Jenn to get this off the site. It is certainly not “Pocketable”. I do like the copycat phone part, it looks like a Nokia e90. With a 1200 mAH battery this thing will run out of juice in an hour and a half tops.

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  • Avatar of lazarus2405

    With regard to the battery, it is a two-cell LiPo. That is, it is two lithium polymer cells wired in series to produce a nominal voltage of 7.2v. For those 1200mAh, you’re getting twice the energy: watt-hours are the relevant measure in this case. My Droid’s 3.7v 1420mAh battery can pump out 5.3Wh, while that sucker pictured is rated for about 8.9Wh. Not that it’s necessarily going to have decent battery life, but it’s only half as anemic as you might think.

    See bottom picture of the source article:
    http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http://www.shanzhaiben.com/batch.download.php%3Faid%3D6774&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhij_vHJYYznT8GacCwz-0zuq7KWYQ

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  • Do you think that phone comes with a fan? Look at them air vents. They should wait for Moorstown. I would love a computer with phone that size, thinner, and not with a fan.

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  • Avatar of lazarus2405

    As an aside, it also helps to explain the laptop-style charging port (as opposed to charging over USB). You can’t easily charge a 7.2v battery (8.8v when topped off at the end of a charge cycle) off a 5.1v USB source without introducing extra bulk and heat (a boost circuit, and its accompanying inefficiency).

    Of course, that mini USB port may be a host (you connect things to it, like the port on a normal XP computer), not a host (you connect it to a computer, like a phone), or both. To allow a host mode USB2.0 port, though, it has to be able to supply current to power the client device, which messes with any charging circuitry (i.e. should the phone try to supply power or draw it?)

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  • The geek in me drools with it, still can be fugly and probably quite expensive, hmmm…

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  • Wow….the qwerty keyboard is impressive, but I think that’s about it o.o I’ve seen attempts to put together a phone and a computer and it’s always like this….something you just can’t use as a phone. The number keypad looks so cramped but there’s so much space under it….what are those touch controls for?

    I’d say stick with the smartphones and whatever we have now. To use as a phone, it just won’t do.

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  • Avatar of johnkzin

    O_O

    YES! Finally a new pocketable 4.3″ device with keyboard.

    Just… wrong OS.

    IMO:
    1) replace the CPU with something ARM based (TI OMAP 3xxx maybe).
    2) make the 4.3″ screen a touch screen.
    3) get rid of the conventional phone face, and mirror the internal touch screen onto an external touch screen (a Touch Pro 2 style tilt screen, or an N97 style tilt screen, would be better, but lets go with their clamshell design for now; especially if the tilt screen design would make for less than 5 keyboard rows).
    4) Android
    5) prefer Quadband GSM and T-Mobile 3G

    by using 1 CPU (and an ARM CPU at that), and 1 OS, they can probably extend the battery life quite a bit. And maybe also make more room for a bigger battery.

    With those changes, I’d buy that. In a heart beat.

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  • Avatar of lttl.espana

    The netbook from JITTERBUG. A netbook for senior citiziens.

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  • I’d LOVE to have this phone. If I could get a cracked version inexpensively that would run on AT&T’s networks, I’d probably trade in my Blackberry for it.

    (I can’t stand my wife’s iPhone. My fingers are too big and I really could use a more spacious keyboard.)

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  • Avatar of Tim H

    To clarify, her iPhone is awesome, but I can’t stand the touchscreen keyboard. Even turned sideways, I still want to run it over with my car.

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  • Avatar of Ashford Schwall

    Just What I;m looking for!

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