I-mate Intelegent phone to shoehorn Windows 8 on a 4.7" screen for $750, dock in tow

Remember i-mate? The company used to make aluminum-clad, fairly compact smartphones in the dawn days of Windows Mobile, harking back to the early 2000s even.

Then its partnership with HTC fell flat, board members were accused of fraud, and we haven't seen anything from it for a few years already, just knew it relocated to Redmond, WA. That's until Microsoft came out with Windows 8. Although it said its new touch-oriented OS is not to be shoehorned in a phone, at least not yet, as it is not optimized for the smaller screens, i-mate went ahead and did just that.

The first phone running Windows 8 (not WP8) is apparently going by the clever codename Intelegent, and will be sold later this year at a $750 price point without any carrier subsidies, with GSM and CDMA radios inside.

With a 4.7" 1280x768 pixels HD screen, Intel Atom processor inside, 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and an 8 MP camera, it will certainly be a very interesting proposition, be it only to see how i-mate solved the puzzle to fit the Win 8 interface on display of this size. Well, tiles are tiles, we guess, and Win 8 certainly supports that resolution, plus a 3000 mAh battery is going to back up the show, so endurance should be on par with modern smartphones, considering the frugal Atom CPU, which Intel said it provided know-how for when i-mate approached it 18 months ago. The CEO Morrison claims 10 hours of talk time and 6 hours of video playback, which is about the smartphone norm these days.

They did have to build their own cellular connectivity interface, complete with a dialer and backend APIs, as Win 8 isn't meant for phone calls, so they get routed through the Lync communication software, but the system i-mate built goes around the wake-up times needs of the full desktop OS, and takes just 45 milliseconds to respond and pick up an incoming call.

Another interesting detail, however, is that the Intelegent will have a docking system, similar to the Asus Padfone franchise, with a tablet screen option to which the phone can beam videos wirelessly, for example. That whole kit is expected to cost $1600, but hasn't been demonstrated in the videos the company showed. Now all that is left is for i-mate to iron out the kinks and put the Intelegent on sale for a pretty interesting experiment. Its CEO Jim Morrison thinks that with the upcoming Windows Blue update, which is scaled for smaller screens, the task will be even easier.

source: PCWorld



1. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Awesome!! A fully productive smartphone (more than a smartphone). I was waiting for this to happen :) Good news for me. Now I just want Nokia to make W8 phones.

4. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

totally agree, a Nokia windows 8 phablet @ 6 inches with an intel processor, same one used for windows 8, now THAT is a true laptop replacement. This will be very interesting to see if Nokia will be putting a Windows 8 based UI on their phablet, I would instantly get this over the Note 3 or Togari if flash is supported too.

5. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this is not a phablet its smartphonelapdesk or something really twisted damn they are so curious to build this test device

11. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I was aware of that, I was pointing out from a hypothetical point of view that if Nokia do proceed with a windows 8 phablet, will it be a 6 plus inch device capable of running windows 8 as opposed to wp8? They did mention that it would be more powerful than the Note, although if referring to the original Note, that's not going to be a hard task to fulfil.

2. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...good effort...but 4.7" display size is not really good for any productive task...screen should be at least 5.5"-6"...and then I will perhaps sell my mobile and laptop and buy this thing :)

3. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

I dont think that windows 8 has been optimized for 4.7 inch screens...it'll be interesting to see what happens

6. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

yes MS also thinks that but this company got spare cash i guess

7. MultiYouTroll

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 19, 2013

They did what?

8. gd761

Posts: 215; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

This Sounds Awesome! I just have Some Questions. Will this be Upgradeable from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 9 Pro or even to Windows 10 Pro? Will We be able to Install or Run Programs to and from the MicroSD Card or from any other Device that Might be Able to Connect Physically to it? Like a Flash Drive or a Friends Computer that Don't have the Dock to connect it to. And that is the second part of the Second Question. Can you Connect Anything to the Phone through the USB Connector like a CD/DVD Drive, USB Drive, External Hard Drive, or to another Computer to Swap Files with or to Install stuff either on the Phone or to the Computer from the Phone? The next Question is that the Phone Will be Released with Both CDMA & GSM Radio's inside, but what about LTE. Will the Phone Have LTE that's Compatible With All of the LTE Standards that the Carriers Are Using Now and Will Be using in the Near Future? Also, a Lot of Computer come with a Whole Bunch of Crapware and a Bunch of Cellphones come with a Whole Bunch of Bloatware. So the Question is; Will this Phone with Windows 8 Pro have ANY CRAPWARE or BLOATWARE?

9. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

These guys don't have a very good track record and had to shut down in 2009 after claims by Mr. Morrison of fraud by a board member. I'll believe it when I can buy one.

10. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

This is Awesome. Does it work on sprint?

12. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Nope, probably only work on AT&T or T-Mobile.

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