i-Mate may be working on a Windows 8 phone (yes, you read that right)

i-Mate may be working on a Windows 8 phone (yes, you read that right)
Windows Phone 8 has the “shared core” that Microsoft has been eager to hype up, but it looks like one company might have been inspired by the Ubuntu convergence idea, and doesn’t want to bother waiting for the real convergence of Windows Phone and Windows 8. A new rumor is saying that i-Mate may be working on a Windows 8 phone, called the Intelegent (which seems to be a mashup of “intellegent” and “elegant”).

We haven’t seen anything of the sort at MWC, but according to The Seattle Times, the Intelegent is planned to be unveiled in Barcelona in the next couple days. The report claims that i-Mate will be showing off the 4.7” phone, powered by an Intel Clover Trail processor, running full Windows 8 Pro, and has an optional “hub”, which is a docking station with multiple accessories.

The dock itself turns the phone into a classic wired phone, complete with handset. The dock can then be used to power a keyboard, mouse, and 23” display for a traditional desktop experience, or power a 10.1” wireless tablet.

Word has it that the Intelegent would retail for $750, and the hub equipment would cost $1600. 

Of course, i-Mate is a company that is known for "major fraud", so we wouldn't really expect this to become a reality. It is more than likely just vaporware.

source: The Seattle Times via WPCentral

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14 Comments

1. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

soooooo make 7 inch tabs with phone capabilites

3. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

This is actually a very nice all in one solution for business people. Would be very convenient to use in the office and take home.

4. FireDragon

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

Yes! i-Mate, yes, bring it on. I am so glad to hear the return of i-Mate, make it count and please do not fall for these alike designs, do your own thing from golden days. I know those days the hardware wasn't powerful to utilize WindowsMobile to its full worth but you did what you guys could under the available resources. Today is the time to return and claim it all back, and with Windows 8 full version, YES.

6. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

So ugly if that's the one.

7. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

WTF win8 pro in phone you got to be kiding

14. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

It would be a MAJOR game changer..

8. zippolite28

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

people want apps bro .. let they have it ... or leave it ... if they want windows phone 8 ..... just want to see how many thumbs up nd doen ... :P

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

my i-mate jam is still working .... this was made by htc phone :) they made one military grade windows phone before they shut down.

12. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

In my office I use ip-cisco video phone, Lenovo windows 7 laptop, Android Lenovo tablet, my personal phone the SIII and at home HP proBook laptop; imagine the pain that i am facing to keep all my devices synchronized: Cisco Jabber and IM Jabber, Google accounts and Exchange server for contacts+emails+tasks+calendar, Chrome for bookmarks and browsing history, Google drive for shared files, "FT P" for large files, VPN access, remote desktop, etc... Imagine if we can switch all the mentioned devices with one super powerful smartphone that run an OS that support both apps and software (windows 8 or Ubuntu), and the rests are docks (big phone, tablet, big screen with USBs for keyboards, mice, printers, etc...) and all your data, personal, contacts, emails, calendar, browsing information will be on that super smartphone. I really like this rumor and hope someone adopt it and i think Asus is the most potential company to do that as they already started with the tablet dock.

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

"A new rumor is saying that i-Mate may be working on a Windows 8 phone, called the Intelegent (which seems to be a mashup of “intellegent” and “elegant”)." More like Intellegent with an l removed, because the first 5 letters spell "intel" which is commonly associated with making processors for Windows and Mac based PCs. And its spelled intelligent btw.

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