Mar 23 AT 10:10 AM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Inbrics M1 combines 1 GHz CPU with 5-row hardware keyboard

Android phones continue to get faster with each new release, but most of the high-end devices lack a physical keyboard. Many Android users who purchased a G1 have been holding out for a “Snapdragon slider” (or any phone with a 1 GHz CPU and physical keyboard).

Inbrics is a Korean company that is one of the first to actually produce a high-powered Android phone with a full qwerty keyboard. The Inbrics M1 is one of the thinnest Android sliders and it features a 3.7 inch display, dual cameras, 16 GB of built-in storage, and a 1 GHz CPU (Samsung C110). The M1 is also running Android 2.1.

Unfortunately the Inbrics M1 will not include a 3G radio at this time, but users could still make phone calls using VOIP via the built in WiFi connection. Because of this, Inbrics is available to target a lower price point and hopes to launch the device around the “low $200 range”.

The M1 was actually being displayed at CES, but we totally missed it on the massive show floor. Thankfully, Engadget caught up with Inbrics and captured the device on video. Note that the phone was originally using a 800 MHz CPU and performance should be increased since then.

Via: SlashGear

Source: Netbook News

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  • http://Website Dan

    What the hell :( It sounded so perfect… until the point where it doesn’t come with 3G.

    • http://Website connie

      Aside from its size, it’s not slouch in the feature department too, as it sports a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display, 3-megapixel camera, front-facing VGA camera, 800MHz processor, 16GB built-in storage, microSD card expansion, and a full QWERTY keyboard

      The only caveat here is that it will run on the old Android 1.5. Not so shabby indeed. More Inbric Details: http://bit.ly/inbrics-m1-details

  • http://www.gadgetnutz.com Kermit Woodall

    What are the widgets and apps that he is using on this phone? Is that a custom home screen?

    Kermit Woodall
    Managing Editor
    GadgetNutz.com

    • http://Website friedgoldmole

      Doesn’t look like any homescreen I’ve seen so my guess would be its something custom they have cooked up.

      Would you be the same Kermit Woodall of ImageFX fame?

      • http://www.androidui.net ExtremeT

        That’s absolutely a custom UI they made and one that I think looks rather good.

        • http://Website lina

          first feedback didn’t appear:

          Aside from Inbric’s size, it’s not slouch in the feature department too, as it sports a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display, 3-megapixel camera, front-facing VGA camera, 800MHz processor, 16GB built-in storage, microSD card expansion, and a full QWERTY keyboard

          The only caveat here is that it will run on the old Android 1.5. Not so shabby indeed. More Inbric Details: http://bit.ly/inbrics-m1-details

        • http://www.gadgetnutz.com Kermit Woodall

          Is the video player custom as well?

          Kermit Woodall
          Managing Editor
          GadgetNutz.com

      • http://www.gadgetnutz.com Kermit Woodall

        Yep – I’m that same Kermit Woodall. Doesn’t seem like there’d be two of us does it? :)

        Kermit Woodall
        Managing Editor
        GadgetNutz.com

  • http://Website tim

    No 3G? at this rate it looks like I’m going to have to hold on to my G1 forever

    • http://Website Louiethe8th

      Agreed. Me and the old lady STILL rockin the G1.

  • http://Website russ

    i don’t know why hardware keyboards are so polarizing for some people. I bought my G1 when it first came out back in Oct 2008, and I was more than happy to stick with it once other android devices first started rolling out (MT3G, anyone?). My girlfriend has a DROID, which I thought combined the best of both worlds, but the G1 keyboard is clearly superiour due to the device’s extra bulk. I have now a Nexus One, and with the fast processor, multi-touch, and option to switch to the Swype keyboard if I feel like it, all of the extra design implementations it takes to incorporate a hardware keyboard seems unnecessary. I know there are still some purists out there that feel they NEED a hardware keyboard, but until you actually get some hands on time with a great onscreen keyboard, you’re just penalizing yourself by unnecessarily waiting for a “super phone” with your exact specs.

    • http://Website Elysium

      The problem with the keyboard is the following:

      I’m from switzerland, and we use a german dialect to talk here (swiss german), thats why I can’t use Swype or the built-in help to type and correcting errors. That makes typing quite frustrating, as I’m still mistyping quite often on my Magic (it works if I hold it horizontally, but not with the small qwertz).

      I’d really like to have a hardware keyboard. And I’m quite disappointed that this device offers no 3G, it would have been perfect otherwise.

    • http://Website Phil Salkie

      You obviously don’t use your device for programming or for SSH sessions to a Unix/Linux machine. Wasting half of my screen real estate with a software keyboard, losing the ability to easily enter such things as vertical bar, back-quote, and curly braces, or battling with swype to convince it that “grep” is actually a word is not my idea of a good time on my Android phone.

      Swype is fine for a quick text message, or a non-technical email. As soon as I start needing to write things that matter, out comes the keyboard.

  • http://Website Derek

    Finally an Android phone with more than 512MB built in memory, but geez, no 3G!? W.T.F. were they thinking?

  • http://Website g

    Why build something that is barely larger than a regular phone, then leave out phone capabilities?

    sounds like something nokia would do. this would be a great device if it had 3g. what a joke now, if you have to own an internet device you will go larger to a dell mini 5 or tablet. man it looked like a good piece of design.

    DO NOT PRODUCE, YOU WILL GO BANKRUPT FAST.

  1. DanGuest 5 years ago

    What the hell :( It sounded so perfect… until the point where it doesn’t come with 3G.

    • connieGuest 5 years ago

      Aside from its size, it’s not slouch in the feature department too, as it sports a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display, 3-megapixel camera, front-facing VGA camera, 800MHz processor, 16GB built-in storage, microSD card expansion, and a full QWERTY keyboard

      The only caveat here is that it will run on the old Android 1.5. Not so shabby indeed. More Inbric Details: http://bit.ly/inbrics-m1-details

  2. Kermit WoodallGuest 5 years ago

    What are the widgets and apps that he is using on this phone? Is that a custom home screen?

    Kermit Woodall
    Managing Editor
    GadgetNutz.com

    • friedgoldmoleGuest 5 years ago

      Doesn’t look like any homescreen I’ve seen so my guess would be its something custom they have cooked up.

      Would you be the same Kermit Woodall of ImageFX fame?

      • ExtremeTGuest 5 years ago

        That’s absolutely a custom UI they made and one that I think looks rather good.

        • linaGuest 5 years ago

          first feedback didn’t appear:

          Aside from Inbric’s size, it’s not slouch in the feature department too, as it sports a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display, 3-megapixel camera, front-facing VGA camera, 800MHz processor, 16GB built-in storage, microSD card expansion, and a full QWERTY keyboard

          The only caveat here is that it will run on the old Android 1.5. Not so shabby indeed. More Inbric Details: http://bit.ly/inbrics-m1-details

        • Kermit WoodallGuest 5 years ago

          Is the video player custom as well?

          Kermit Woodall
          Managing Editor
          GadgetNutz.com

      • Kermit WoodallGuest 5 years ago

        Yep – I’m that same Kermit Woodall. Doesn’t seem like there’d be two of us does it? :)

        Kermit Woodall
        Managing Editor
        GadgetNutz.com

  3. timGuest 5 years ago

    No 3G? at this rate it looks like I’m going to have to hold on to my G1 forever

  4. russGuest 5 years ago

    i don’t know why hardware keyboards are so polarizing for some people. I bought my G1 when it first came out back in Oct 2008, and I was more than happy to stick with it once other android devices first started rolling out (MT3G, anyone?). My girlfriend has a DROID, which I thought combined the best of both worlds, but the G1 keyboard is clearly superiour due to the device’s extra bulk. I have now a Nexus One, and with the fast processor, multi-touch, and option to switch to the Swype keyboard if I feel like it, all of the extra design implementations it takes to incorporate a hardware keyboard seems unnecessary. I know there are still some purists out there that feel they NEED a hardware keyboard, but until you actually get some hands on time with a great onscreen keyboard, you’re just penalizing yourself by unnecessarily waiting for a “super phone” with your exact specs.

    • ElysiumGuest 5 years ago

      The problem with the keyboard is the following:

      I’m from switzerland, and we use a german dialect to talk here (swiss german), thats why I can’t use Swype or the built-in help to type and correcting errors. That makes typing quite frustrating, as I’m still mistyping quite often on my Magic (it works if I hold it horizontally, but not with the small qwertz).

      I’d really like to have a hardware keyboard. And I’m quite disappointed that this device offers no 3G, it would have been perfect otherwise.

    • Phil SalkieGuest 5 years ago

      You obviously don’t use your device for programming or for SSH sessions to a Unix/Linux machine. Wasting half of my screen real estate with a software keyboard, losing the ability to easily enter such things as vertical bar, back-quote, and curly braces, or battling with swype to convince it that “grep” is actually a word is not my idea of a good time on my Android phone.

      Swype is fine for a quick text message, or a non-technical email. As soon as I start needing to write things that matter, out comes the keyboard.

  5. DerekGuest 5 years ago

    Finally an Android phone with more than 512MB built in memory, but geez, no 3G!? W.T.F. were they thinking?

  6. gGuest 5 years ago

    Why build something that is barely larger than a regular phone, then leave out phone capabilities?

    sounds like something nokia would do. this would be a great device if it had 3g. what a joke now, if you have to own an internet device you will go larger to a dell mini 5 or tablet. man it looked like a good piece of design.

    DO NOT PRODUCE, YOU WILL GO BANKRUPT FAST.