We were pretty stunned when we found out that INQ1, an unknown handset introduced by a company almost nobody had heard of could win over its famous rivals and make it off with the „Best mobile device” award at MWC 2009. The manufacturer has been trying to deliver improved social network integration with almost all their new handsets, similarly to the INQ, so as to make them more appealing to the growing number of people spending a lot of time communicating on these services.
The two brand new cell phones by INQ, called the Chat and Mini 3G built around the same idea don´t deliver ground-breaking features, but rather improve on the concept. The first sports a QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch screen, 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus and GPS. The Mini 3G on the other hand is much like the INQ1, but comes in a candybar form factor and features 2.2-inch screen and 2.2-megapixel camera. The more interesting aspect of both devices, however, is the software they run. Further to the support of services like Facebook, Last.fm, Skype and Windows Live Messenger, they now deliver Twitter and push Gmail functionality. And all this will come packed into slim, feature phone bodies. Sounds awesome, doesn´t it? INQ also promises to launch their own application store soon, where customers will be able to download Java-based software compatible with both devices.
Perhaps many won´t find the overall look of both the INQ Chat and Mini 3G irresistably appealing, but we think teens will love them. The cell phones are intended for distribution by a wide variety of networks, although there´s still no specific information on whether or not they are to appear on markets outside of Europe.