Did you know that there used to be phones running Windows XP?
posted by Nick T. / Sep 14, 2014, 8:42 PM
The ITG xpPhone was a peculiar niche device – a phone that ran Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. It was the Embedded version, to be more specific, which was very similar to the Windows XP we once had running on our PCs. This allowed it to run PC software, including Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and perhaps some not-so-demanding video games. Hardware-wise, it had to offer a 4.8-inch touchscreen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard with a touchpad, a mobile processor by AMD, up to 1GB of RAM, and an SSD-HDD combo with up to 64 and 120GB capacities respectively. Plus, a full-sized USB port was present.
The xpPhone, however, wasn't the only member of the rare breed. ViewSonic announced its own Windows XP-powered phone that same year, the VCP08. Unlike the aforementioned handset, ViewSonic's offering had a dual-screen, clamshell design – flipping it open revealed its 4.3-inch screen and its QWERTY keyboard. Under the hood were an Intel ULV processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage expandable with the use of microSD cards. On its back was a 2MP main camera.
The fate of these two odd devices isn't clear, but apparently, ITG sold enough xpPhone units to justify coming up with a Windows 7-based successor. As for ViewSonic and its phone lineup, all of the company's current smartphones run Android.
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An HDD on a smartphone???
posted on Sep 14, 2014, 8:44 PM 9
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It was 5 years ago and already had 120GB of HDD, which is even bigger than today's flagship phones (excluding external card support).
posted on Sep 14, 2014, 8:51 PM 9
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Should I be laughing that these has probably the same number of ram as the iPhone now?
posted on Sep 14, 2014, 8:45 PM 21
No, you should be laughing at how bad your comment sounds. The iPhone doesn't need as much ram as other phones do since iOS is optimized for idevices that run it.
posted on Sep 14, 2014, 10:41 PM 5
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You realize that in 2-3 years, iOS running 1 GB of RAM (with more advanced resources apps will take and more resources OS updates will use) will be far worse off than Android phones with 2/3 GB of RAM
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 12:39 AM 2
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You know, that 64bit system in essence needs moore ram than 32bit, so the fact that Apple moved to 64bit with same amount of ram present in its 32bit phones might be serious downside for current generations. The opimization is the key ofcource, like the best on the market "Nokia" showed with its symbian phones - but growing amount of multitasking and 64 bit applications, is going to hurt the low RAM in devices. Apple might get the message out, and optimization will win in the end, but its douptful, since Android is moving to 64bit and people demand more preformance from its apps.
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 3:06 AM 2
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Exactly. Also it is very funny that 1.2 million apps are NOT needed for 95% of Smartphone owners! Yet iPhone main crap excuse is "we have more Apps", so more ram is definetly much better, yet iPhony does not need it! Ha, what a joke!
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 7:08 PM 1
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Lol it says super big 4.8" display.
posted on Sep 14, 2014, 8:56 PM 1
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Simply because Nobody pay attention on every smartphones, tablet or smartwatch before Apple does it, glad to have 'did you know' article on PA :)
posted on Sep 14, 2014, 8:59 PM 7
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Don't forget that you can run old Windows on Symbian S60v3 phones like Nokia N82, N95 with Dosbox. youtube.com/watch?v=Uw2LlgEJw-I youtube.com/watch?v=24DoZqM2ObA You can run even Windows XP on today's android phones, but it's slow. youtube.com/watch?v=auIZtmbPu_Y The future is that the smarphones in the future are going to be much faster so you'll be able to run XP at a reasonable speed and run desktop apps and games on your mobile.
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 1:41 PM 1
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