Back in July we introduced you folks to a company called Zii Labs (owned by Creative) who had built an Android device called Zii EGG initially targeted towards developers. It certainly LOOKED like an Android Phone and had powerful enough specs to match – but as the commenters on that article pointed out… it wasn’t a phone but an MID/Media Player.
I’m guessing that was little more than an alpha test run because Zii Labs is hosting an event in China on December 1st and 2nd called Zii Summit 2009 and they’re headlining product is, guess what? An Android Phone:
A range of OEM-ready Zii Powered devices will be showcased – powered by ZiiLABS ZMS-05 and ZMS-08 media-rich application processors. The line-up of devices on display include: a Touch Tablet PC, a Netbook, a Web-Box, a 360o Multi-View Camera System, ultra high-performance Speakers, a Piano Keyboard for the PC, and a Portable e-Book Reader. But the highlight of our devices line-up is our Mobile Phone platform. ZiiLABS ushers in a new era of explosive high definition 3D with the Zii Optimized Android Phone platform. The Zii Optimized Android Phone platform gives developers the chance to use the familiar Android OS, but with a difference. Harnessing StemCell Computing Technology found on the ZMS-05 Media Rich Processor, Android is now super-charged with seamless 3D graphics and High Definition video playback performance.
- Phone with Fully featured Android Platform
- OpenGL ES 3D graphics
- 1080p HD video output
- Accelerated video, graphic and imaging
- Full integration with SurfaceFlinger
- High Quality Audio
- Enhanced User Interfaces
- Image Processing
- Accelerated Web Browsing
I’m hoping for big things, meaning I hope the Zii Phone not only works well, but that a big name manufacturer/carrier takes notice and signs a contract to push the product through distribution channels.