INQ Mini 3G SingTel Launch in Singapore

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I just came back from the SingTel Launch of the INQ Mini 3G and got an eyeful of the capabilities of the INQ Mini 3G has to offer. Read on for the low-down of the phone.

Hardware Overview:

  • Size – Width 45.8mm x Height 12.8mm x Length 102.9mm
  • Weight – 90g (with 1150mAh battery)
  • Battery Life –
    Standby: 2G – 260 hours
    3G – 285 hours
    Talktime: 2G – 210 minutes
    3G – 160 minutes
  • Chipset – Qualcomm QSC 6270
  • Radio – UMTS 2100 MHz (HSDPA 3.6Mbps – No 7.2Mbps available for Singapore handsets) GSM/GPRS/Edge 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Main Display – 2.2 inch, QVGA (240×320 pixels), 262K TFT
  • Camera – 2.0 Megapixels fixed focus outward facing camera Video calling available for the outward facing camera
  • Memory – On board user memory: 100MB (usable) Expandable: up to 8GB via MicroSD/SDHC memory card slot
  • Connectivity – Micro Mini USB to USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth – Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (support profiles: Headset, Hands free, File Transfer, ObjectPush, A2DP, AVRCP, DUN)
  • Platform – BREW 4.0 plus INQ System 1 extensions

Software Overview:

  • Java MIDP2.0 (support SVN multi-tasking)
  • Access Net Front 3.5 browser (Opera Mini will work too, but as a separate download)
  • OMA DRM v1.o
  • OMA SyncML v1.1.2 (Over the Air only)
  • OMA Download v1.0

Features Overview:

  • Deep integration with Twitter, Facebook, IM and email.
  • Active Address Book – Able to add, merge, remove and selectively choose contacts to display from Facebook and Twitter.
  • Facebook is not “on” your phone, but “in” your phone. Integrates into your contacts so you can see everything about a contact at one look. Able to send pictures to Facebook. Twitter will be supported in the next update. Able to select which contacts in Facebook to show on your phone contacts. Uses Facebook profile photos as your phone contact profile.
  • Native Twitter Application.
  • Plug and Play HSDPA modem on both PCs and Macs without any 3rd party software. Windows 7 and Snow Leopard supported.
  • Applications are updated over the air.
  • Double Twist is used to do media syncing between your INQ Mini 3G and PCs or Macs. That includes syncing music from iTunes and WMP. Videos and photos are supported too.
  • Able to run multiple applications with the “Switcher” feature.
  • Synchronization of contacts on Windows and Macs a *possibility*. Will update when there is more information.
  • Java Applications are supported. SingTel AMPed, IM on Mobile are preinstalled.
  • Able to add up to 3 widgets on the screen. Weather, Date/Time, Search, Twitter, Facebook, RSS Feed, etc widgets are available. More widgets will be available in future.

Launch Overview:

  • SingTel is the first in Asia and the world to launch INQ Mini 3G, the ultimate 3G social networking mobile phone.
  • INQ Mini 3G will hit the stores on September 19th.
  • It will launch 2 weeks later in UK, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia, etc.
  • Meant to be low-cost budget Social Mobile Featurephone.
  • *Possibly* $0 with contract. (Not confirmed yet)
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack. But able to get a USB to 3.5mm connector separately. Comes with a headphones.
  • Comes in red by default, pink, yellow, green, blue, black, glossy black. Unsure what which colours SingTel will offer. Will update when there is more information. Update: From 19 – 21st Sept, SingTel will be giving away 3 more covers in yellow, blue and chrome. No word about colours after 21st Sept.

Other tidbits about INQ:

  • INQ Chat 3G will be launched in Europe in November ’09. It will depend on SingTel whether they want to import INQ Chat 3G too.
  • INQ will release an Android phone next year.
  • INQ Mini 3G and Chat 3G will take some time to get to US. Planned to release next year.

I will do a more in-depth review of the phone when I get the chance. Here are more pictures from the event.

Original Post: INQ Mini 3G SingTel Launch in Singapore

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Justin Lee
A weird, passionate geek for technology with an undying love to pick at every flaw that will hopefully improve technology all around. Owns a lovely MacBook Pro with 8gigs of ram, involved intimately with Linux and works closely with Microsoft technologies. Wants to own an iPhone 4, owns an HTC Hero Android phone, Nexus One, once owned an iPhone 3g, still owns a 1st gen Sony Ericsson W800i. A coder of many languages, from Haskell to C#, from F# to Ruby. A jack of all technology, a master of one. Motto is "Taking over the world with every line of code". To contact me, email justin at tech65 dot org or check out my site justinlee.sg.
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