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Sophia Nani Attempts to Tackle the Apple iPhone

And without a huge backing from a huge company in Cupertino, I suspect that the Sophia Nani touchscreen cell phone will have an incredibly difficult time toppling the growing tower that is the iPhone.

If you happen to find yourself at Wireless Japan 2007 this week, be sure to check out the official unveiling of the Sophia Nani. As you can see, it gets a lot of its inspiration from Apple’s cell phone, including the fact that it basically lacks any buttons, much like the iPhone. The primary interface is via the 4.3-inch touchscreen TFT display.

Speaking of that display, it should be excellent for watching videos, because it boasts a formidable resolution of 800 x 400 pixels. Powered by Windows CE, the Sophia Nani sports a glossy white appearance, an RMI Alchemy Au150 (600MHz) processor, 802.11b/g WiFi, dual cameras (VGA in the front, SVGA in the rear), and an integrated digital TV tuner. Sounds pretty good right? Well, unfortunately it has very little in terms of internal memory, so you’ll have to stick to the provided microSD slot.

In any case, you won’t be able to use any of the phone features outside of Japan anyways. But you can go PMPing with the Sophia Nani if you choose to import this lovely number.

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