i-Mate Phone Runs On Windows 8 Pro, not Windows Phone 8

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Windows Phone 8? We don’t need no stinking Windows Phone 8. That’s i-Mate’s take on things apparently, as the company is skipping Microsoft’s phone OS with their new smartphone and jumping right to Windows 8.

For those that don’t know (or remember) i-Mate, they were once well known for their rugged Windows Mobile handset that was designed to handle just about anything you could possibly throw at it and yet somehow still survive the mayhem and destruction brought down on it.

So what kind of hardware is this Windows 8-based smartphone planning to arrive with? The phone will have a 4.7-inch display, an Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage, HSPA+, LTE support and will run on the Pro version of Windows 8.

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The Windows 8 Phone will also have an optional docking station that includes a wired handset for making calls over the net, and more. The “HUB” package will also come with a 23-inch display, keyboard and mouse. In short, you can make this phone your desktop PC as well. Not enough options for you? There is also an auxilary 10.1-inch wireless tablet in the works.

As you can probably guess, this will not exactly be a cheap buy. The phone buy itself is a stagerring $750. The “hub” with the phone, dock and monitor package comes in at $1,600. The wireless tablet is seperate, not sure on the costs though.

While not a popular brand in the US, i-Mate is actually rather well known in the United Kingdom and Dubai. This might not be for everyone, but it is certainly a unique niche item. You have to wonder what they were thinking with a 4.7-inch display. Although I personally like displays of this size, going into the desktop to change settings and other options won’t exactly be a cakewalk with such a tiny display – 5.5-inches or so would have been a better fit.

For those wondering, since this runs on Windows 8 and an Intel processor, it can also handle full desktop apps, though the Atom processor certainly won’t be strong enough for anything too intense.

What do you think of the concept, could this have potential or is the idea of putting a full desktop OS onto a phone just too impractical at this point?

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6 Comments

  1. trusktr says:

    Wow. Adobe Photoshop on my mobile phone.

  2. Andrew me says:

    I believe the surface pro has gps and accelerometer and most
    smartphone devices inside, so unlike apple it is simply a matter of
    creating a driver for them, something you are unable to do in ios. One
    of the best things about this is that it can be sold as a complete
    package and could possibly run xp or win 7 with a gui built specifically
    for the small screen , possibly even using the windows 8 GUI for
    businesses that have that software running on there systems and don’t
    want to change it..

    This seems like the device everyone
    has been waiting for, just imagine, carrying around your pc in your
    pocket and docking it at work or home. Damn i want one but the price is
    just too high for me, although i am sure many businesses will be
    watching this closely.

    As the phone will be docked most
    of the day i would say the battery needs to run for a good 8 hours to
    be competitive but even 4 hours of full use would be great for business use as it would
    obviously be charging while docked.Imagine doing all your work on
    this device and just taking your phone to the boardroom and putting it
    into a dock to do a presentation. Wow the possibilities of this device
    are endless.

    Looking for the negatives i suspect for personal use battery life would need to be longer than a days use and for the processor not to run too hot. I hate fans and hope they don’t use that to cool it down though, maybe the next gen Intel processors are the ones that will be super power efficient and run for at least 12 hours of full use per charge.

    Maybe they should be using this as the prototype and waiting for Intel to provide the next gen chip for manufacturing in bulk.

  3. dkdkdk says:

    how much battery life would it have? 5 minutes?

  4. Gilles says:

    Having own a regreted I-mate, I like de fact that it will run Windows 8. But how with it handle gps an accelerometre? What else is missing how will it be patched…

  5. What is the battery life on this device?

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