It seems the open source nature of Android
is one of the reasons behind the increasing number of manufacturers that decided to jump on the bandwagon, come up with handsets based on the growingly popular operating system and expand the market supply of such devices. The company Inbrics
makes for an illustrative example, because their first cell phone
based on the Google-made platform looks quite promising indeed. Called the M1
, it is equipped with 3.7-inch AMOLED display with WVGA resolution, 3-megapixel camera, 16GB built-in memory, microSD slot, Wi-Fi with DLNA support and 800MHz processor. Moreover, the cell phone is impressive with its thin body and full, side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. The version the manufacturer has introduced at CES 2010 is based on Android 1.5, but at Inbrics intend to roll out a variation of the M1 running OS 2.0 in March. The interface is personalized and offers altered home screen and multimedia player capable of 720p video playback. The ad campaign of the manufacturer seems centred on the multimedia and internet functionality of the M1 and there are still no pictures showing us the phone interface in portrait mode, which makes us think the device might be similar to the Nokia N900
or, in other words, an internet tablet with cell phone functionality.
Inbrics plans to offer the M1 through various carriers that are expected to brand the handset differently, meaning the price of the device will largely depend on the carriers themselves.