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Russian Android phone boasts dual displays

Jul 2, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Vobis Computers is readying what it bills as the first Russian-market Android phone. The Highscreen PP5420 appears to be an Android-converted version of the Windows Mobile-based Mobinnova ICE smartphone, and includes a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, HSDPA support, and a secondary OLED touchscreen, says the company.

According to UnwiredView, which apparently broke the story in the Western press, the Highscreen PP5420 is a modified version of the Mobinnova ICE announced earlier this year for Windows Mobile. Indeed, judging from the ICE coverage in our sister publication, WindowsForDevices, the phones look the same, and the specs line up nicely, right down to the identical dimensions and weight.

Like the ICE, the Highscreen PP5420 is equipped with a ARM-based Qualcomm MSM7201ATM processor clocked to 528MHz, and offers WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, accelerometers, and 3-megapixel camera. Also like the ICE, the Highscreen PP5420 offers both a 3-inch WQVGA display and an OLED sub-display, which can be used for navigation, media playback, or camera-taking modes. The Vobis model offers both quad-band GSM, as well as WCDMA/HSDPA 3G support, says the company.


Vobis Highscreen PP5420

Vobis is using the new version 1.5 of the open source, Linux-based Android platform. According to Vobis, the phone will offer a modified Russian-language version of Android, with new apps developed by Russian programmers. Specifications listed for the Highscreen PP5420 include:

  • Processor — Qualcomm MSM7201ATM (528MHz)
  • Memory — 128MB RAM
  • Flash — 256MB ROM
  • Flash expansion — MicroSD card slot
  • Cellular — GSM: 850/900/1800/1900; WCDMA/HSDPA 7.2mbps: 900/2100, HSUPA
  • Displays — 3-inch 240 x 480 WQVGA touchscreen; OLED 128 x 96 sub-display
  • WiFi — 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth — Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • USB — Mini-USB 2.0
  • Camera — 3-megapixel
  • Other features:
    • GPS
    • FM radio
    • Accelerometer
    • TV-Out
  • Battery — 1080mAh Li-Ion; 4 hours talk time; 200 hours standby
  • Dimensions — 4.5 x 2.1 x 0.5 inches (114 x 53.5 x 13mm)
  • Weight — 4.23 ounces (120g) with battery
  • Operating system — Android OS 1.5 ("Cupcake")

Availability

The Highscreen PP5420 will go on sale on July 6 in Russia, says Vobis. According to UnwiredView, the phone will sell for 360 Euros, or about $507. A translated Vobis page on the phone may be found here.


 
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