Our friend Chippy over at Carrypad spotted a very interesting, mysterious device during the last day of the Mobile World Congress last week. An attractively designed slider MID called the Moblic E7 was on display at the Sequans booth, a 4G communications specialist and supplier of the E7's WiMAX chipset.
Not too much is known about this MID, but what we do know is that it has a 4" WVGA touch screen incorporated into an well built slider form factor, with a full QWERTY keyboard flanked by some intriguing SNES-esque gaming controls. Other information gleaned from Moblic's website include an unspecified 600MHz processor, 256MB RAM, 8GB local storage, microSD support, b/g WiFi and WiMAX connectivity, and a high capacity 2000mAh lithium polymer battery.
Apart from the typical MID and multimedia functions such as web browsing, instant messaging, blogging, and so on, Moblic's other stated uses for the device include gaming, mentioning 2D, 3D, Flash-based, and online titles.
Much of the mystery revolves around the identity of the E7's unspecified processor with some speculation that it could be an Intel Moorestown chipset or, perhaps more likely, an ARM Cortex A8-based processor with a 3D graphics chipset. The ARM theory also seems to match-up well with the clockspeed of the processor and the amount of RAM.
The other big question mark hangs over the choice of OS with Carrypad noting that Moblic had previously announced a partnership with Microsoft. Could this be among the first Windows Phone 7 Series devices but with a special unannounced gaming twist? Guess we'll have to wait and see.