BPhone, halfway between a smartphone and a netbook

Curious hybrid device that we have found with the BPhone, we could say that it is halfway to a touchscreen netbook, and a smartphone, having connectivity to GSM telephone networks, although unfortunately not to 3G networks.

Due to its possibilities we do not know how to locate it in the market, perhaps it presents a distant resemblance to the HP Compaq Airlife 100 that will appear with Movistar, or a Nokia N900 of generous dimensions. In the case of the BPhone we talk about a 5-inch touch screen, transformable into tablet, being rotatable.

As we can see in the images that accompany the news, the BPhone has QWERTY keyboard which closes in the shape of a shell. We also have a trackball incorporated that will help in navigation tasks.

To continue being a strange element in the market, it does not use the fashionable operating systems such as Windows Mobile or Android, but a system based on Linux for ARM processors. Initially available in English and Chinese.

Note that the resolution of the touch screen is 800 × 480 pixels (WVGA), in a size of 5 inches, ideal for viewing multimedia content or viewing websites without much problem.

The Chinese company that developed the BPhone intends to take it to the maximum number of markets possible, at the moment it is available to book on its website at the price of 570 dollars (420 euros) including shipping.

Rest of official specifications:

  • Marvell PXA310 processor at 624MHz.
  • 128MB of RAM and 256MB of NAND Flash storage.
  • WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • GPS receiver and FM radio.
  • 3.5mm jack connector and mini USB (charging and data).
  • Battery: 400 hours on standby and 4 hours on conversation.
  • Dimensions: 145 × 95 × 24.5mm.
  • Weight: 0.291Kg.

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