The Legend Group, the largest maker of handhelds in China, has announced in its home country the Lenovo ET560. Though this device clearly qualifies as a smart phone, it won't run the smart phone version of Windows Mobile. Instead, it will run the phone edition of Windows Mobile for Pocket PC.
This device will use a clamshell design but it will sport a "twist-and-flip" screen, so the top portion can be closed down over its keypad while still leaving the screen exposed. This is similar to several handheld models made by Sony. It will be 4.2 inches by 2.6 inches by 0.9 inches (107 by 65.5 by 24 mm) and 6.2 ounces (176 g).
It will have two screens. A large primary screen at the Pocket PC standard resolution of 240 by 320 pixels, and a small external screen for displaying phone information.
The ET560 will run a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor and have 64 MB of RAM and 32 MB of Flash ROM.
It will have a built-in 0.3 megapixel camera and an SD slot that supports SDIO. It will include Bluetooth short-range wireless networking and the ability to act as a USB host.
This smart phone will use GSM/GPRS wireless networks at 900 MHz and 1800 MHz.
According to Legend Group, this model will have up to 160 hours of standby time on a single charge.
The Lenovo ET560 is not expected to be released in the U.S.
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