Mar 5th, 2009

It’s amazing that in September 2006, UMPC Portal wrote about the Road S101 which would be coming out soon. Almost 3 years later, the device STILL hasn’t hit the market. However, the same guys got ahold of the “still in development” Road S101 and perhaps all these delays were a blessing in disguise… because now it just might launch running Android!

The phone wasn’t initially developed for the Android platform (obviously) but if you ask me, it makes perfect sense for the company to move in this direction. Being 3 years in the making, the phone DOES look a tad bit outdate and in the below video where a Linux OS is running this thing looks WAY too THICK and CHUBBY for my liking. Anyone agree?

Two more downsides:

  • It only has 2.5G connectivity
  • It will cost about 800 Euro – OUCH

A bit too pricey for an Android Phone that doesn’t really touch the G1/Dream/Magic, don’t you think? But I do have to say the keyboard looks AMAZING and resembles the LG Voyager keyboard which I happen to think is top of the line. UMPC Portal agreed.

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Here are the full specs for the device but this isn’t written in stone… especially considering its been scribbled and rescribbled on paper since 2006.

  • Processor Marvell PXA270 at 512MHz
  • Memory 128MB RAM and 512MB Flash
  • Battery 1800mAh Lithium-Polymer
  • Linux kernel 2.6.x with graphical user interface Qtopia
  • Phone
    – Display: color 128×160
    – Keyboard: 21-key standard-phone
    – Audio: microfone and receiver/speaker
    – Alarm: acustical/optical/vibration
  • PC
    – Display: TFT color 640×240 with touchscreen
    – Keyboard: 63-key PC-compatible
  • Multimedia
    – 4 external keys for control
  • Camera 1,3 Megapixel (optional)
  • Battery Life: Phone: 4h active, 7 days standby
    Battery life: PC: 5h active, 30 days standby (phone off)
  • Wireless Connectivity
    – GSM Triband (900, 1800, 1900 MHz) with EDGE/GPRS Class 12
    – WiFi 802.11b
    – Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, class 2 (30m)
  • Hardwired Connectivity
    – USB 2.0 OTG Microjack AB (Host/Client), incl. charging
    – SD-card 2GB (+SDHC compatible) and SDIO
    – headset or stereo headphone

[Via UMPC Portal, JKKMobile]

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