Jan 20 AT 11:22 AM Taylor Wimberly 4 Comments

Gigabyte’s new Gsmart Android phone headed to Russia

Gigabyte Technology is best known for its motherboards, but the Taiwan-based manufacturer also has a line of smartphones called Gsmart. The company had been using Windows Mobile to power these devices, but a new report has them moving to Android. The site Mobile-review has obtained some early photos of the Gsmart Android phone along with a list of specs.

The phone’s rumored specs include:

  • Android 1.6
  • GSM / GPRS / EDGE connectivity
  • 2.8 QVGA touchscreen display
  • Dimensions: 103 x 54 x 13.4 millimeters
  • Trackball
  • G-sensor (accelerometer)
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • 2MP autofocus camera
  • Qualcomm ESM7225 528 MHz CPU
  • 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM
  • MicroSD card support
  • 1,500 mAh battery

We can see from the specs that this is a low to mid-tier Android phone and it has been priced accordingly. Reports suggest the phone will on on sale in Russia in February for 9,000 RUB ($300 or €212).

My guess is we will never see this phone, but it is interesting that Gigabyte is throwing their hat in the ring. They are considered a Tier 1 motherboard manufacturer so we should keep an eye on them, but I’m not sure how serious they are about the phone market.

Gigabyte needs to bring something new to the table if they want to be relevant in the Android world. Maybe they could use their close relationship with Intel to bring us an Atom-powered Android device (since almost everything is using ARM technology).

First images of the Gsmart Android phone.

First pics of the Gsmart Android phone.

Via: Unwired View

Source: Mobile-review

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  • http://nexsoftware.net/ nEx.Software

    Looks like a weird HTC Magic.

  • http://twitter.com/analogue40 Dave Flynn

    Gigabyte phones are quite common here in Taiwan, so it’s not there first time producing a mobile phone.

  • http://Website mantrik00

    @ Taylor: “Maybe they could use their close relationship with Intel to bring us an Atom-powered Android device (since almost everything is using ARM technology).”

    Why would they risk doing that? It would only increase their development cost. The resultant device may also risk being incompatible with existing Android Apps because of the changes to the platform that may be required to port to a different processor.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I really don’t think AMD and Intel are going to sit on the sidelines forever and let ARM design the architecture for almost every single Android device. Of course their would be extra dev fees, but it is bound to happen sometime, right?