ITG xpPhone 2 to be released in January, will run Windows 8 later

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Last year around this time, ITG released its first xpPhone. That phone ran Windows Embedded Standard 2009, but this time, the company has decided to step it up a bit. The xpPhone 2 will run Windows 7 (at first) and will be upgradable to Windows 8 whenever it's released. 

The second iteration of ITG's UMPC/smartphone hybrid has some pretty decent specs, especially in comparison to the Fujitsu LOOX F-07C that I reviewed last week. For starters, the new xpPhone will sport a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB of RAM, and up to 112GB of SSD storage space. All of those specs are wrapped nicely under a 4.3-inch display in a body that is slimmer than the original. 

Like with most awesome pieces of hardware like this, we haven't heard anything about pricing or exact release dates; it'll simply be sometime in January. As for price, I'd say to expect it to be somewhere around the range of the previous device: $750-$850 sounds plausible to me. 

The F-07C was a pretty good UMPC, even with its lower specs. I predicted that there might be some awesome devices coming because of Windows 8, and since the new xpPhone has better specs, I think that prediction might just come true.

[Engadget]
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