Microsoft developing NVIDIA-based mobile phone - report

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Microsoft will announce its entry into the smartphone arena early next year with an iPhone rival build around NVIDIA's new system-on-a-chip (SoC) for small form factor mobile devices, according to a new report.



"What do you get if you take an iPhone, remove the clean UI, user friendliness, nice industrial design, battery life, cachet, functional OS, and in general everything else that makes it worthwhile?," writes the Inquirer. "The new Microsoft phone, powered by NVIDIA."



The satirical report, which otherwise appears to be making genuine claim, says the Redmond-based software giant will unveil the device at February's 3GSM conference in Barcelona with shipments expected to follow shortly thereafter.



Though specific functions and features were not discussed, the Inquirer cited "well-placed sources" who say the device will be powered by one of NVIDIA's upcoming all-in-one Tegra chips.



According to Wikipedia, Tegra will be made available in three variants: the Tegra 600 for GPS and automotive markets, the Tegra 650 for large handhelds and notebooks, and the Tegra APX 2500 for smartphones.



The Tegra APX 2500 is said to include a 600 MHz MPCore Processor, support for a 12 megapixel camera, GeForce ULV support for OpenGL ES 2.0, up to 720p H.264 decoding, and NVIDIA nPower technology that could enable over 10 hours of HD video playback and up to 100 hours of audio.



The first Nvidia Tegra-based devices are expected to begin shipping in mid-2009.
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  • Reply 1 of 66
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Microsoft will announce its entry into the smartphone arena early next year with an iPhone rival build around NVIDIA's new system-on-a-chip (SoC) for small form factor mobile devices, according to a new report.



    "What do you get if you take an iPhone, remove the clean UI, user friendliness, nice industrial design, battery life, cachet, functional OS, and in general everything else that makes it worthwhile?," writes the Inquirer. "The new Microsoft phone, powered by NVIDIA."



    The satirical report, which otherwise appears to be making genuine claim, says the Redmond-based software giant will unveil the device at February's 3GSM conference in Barcelona with shipments expected to follow shortly thereafter.



    Though specific functions and features were not discussed, the Inquirer cited "well-placed sources" who say the device will be powered by one of NVIDIA's three upcoming all-in-one Tegra chips.



    According to Wikipedia, Tegra will be made available in three variants: the Tegra 600 for GPS and automotive markets, the Tegra 650 for large handhelds and notebooks, and the Tegra APX 2500 for smartphones.



    The Tegra APX 2500 is said to include a 600 MHz MPCore Processor, support for a 12 megapixel camera, GeForce ULV support for OpenGL ES 2.0, up to 720p H.264 decoding, and NVIDIA nPower technology that could enable over 10 hours of HD video playback and up to 100 hours of audio.



    The first Nvidia Tegra-based devices are expected to begin shipping in mid-2009.





    After listening to Balmers now famous "It doesn't even have a keyboard..." response to the iPhone, I eagerly await what MicroSoft thinks is a good UI on a phone.

    Will they eat their words and go without a keyboard?

    Wouldn't be the first time they ate their words, but if they have a UI people like it would be a MicroSoft first for sure.
  • Reply 2 of 66
    if they can power 100 hours of audio, apple has something to worry about !



    but I'm not really worried... probably overhyped specs. Let's wait for real world testing
  • Reply 3 of 66
    mactelmactel Posts: 1,275member
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    Originally Posted by jawadde View Post


    if they can power 100 hours of audio, apple has something to worry about !



    but I'm not really worried... probably overhyped specs. Let's wait for real world testing





    Yep, competition is good. Just base it on the Zune and it will be a success.
  • Reply 4 of 66
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    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Microsoft will announce its entry into the smartphone arena early next year with an iPhone rival





    Rival?! Will it be as successful as Zune, their iPod killer? Or Vista, their Mac OS X killer?



    <satire>Will it be as polished as the first Zune?</satire>



    Wonder if MS learned the Zune lessons that just because you can slap together something, rebrand it thinking the MS name holds some value, and put it out there for the consumer, that it will be a huge success.



    Of course, MS has taken the hard work of Apple and others and is johnnycomelately to yet another market as it tries to make a buck outside of it's original corporate concept of computer OS's and software applications.
  • Reply 5 of 66
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jawadde View Post


    if they can power 100 hours of audio, apple has something to worry about !



    but I'm not really worried... probably overhyped specs. Let's wait for real world testing



    They definitely can, and it'll be 2" thick.
  • Reply 6 of 66
    Maybe they'll copy the iPhone the same way they copied the "I'm a Mac" commercials. Maybe they'll put all their zPhone kiosks right outside Apple retails stores.



    Long live the 2" thick zPhone with 100 hours of brick-like usability!!!



    P
  • Reply 7 of 66
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    Originally Posted by bloggerblog View Post


    They definitely can, and it'll be 2" thick.



    Yup. Codenamed: "The Brick...for realz"
  • Reply 8 of 66
    Why can't M$ come up with an ORIGINAL idea?



    Anyone besides me notice that their stock has hit the toilet the past 6-8 years? Not that they were ever MUCH on innovation-but you can trace that back to the time of their last original idea (XP-which IS MUCH BETTER than anything they released before or since).
  • Reply 9 of 66
    neilmneilm Posts: 658member




    Remember, you saw it here first!
  • Reply 10 of 66
    jfanningjfanning Posts: 3,393member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Enigmafan420 View Post


    Why can't M$ come up with an ORIGINAL idea?



    As apposed to whom?
  • Reply 11 of 66
    I wish microsoft would create a quality product to push Apple to produce ever better products. However is seems microsoft has decided it just likes to create copies of apple products without even trying to be creative. They are far to slow to react, and no real breakthroughs are ever made.
  • Reply 12 of 66
    Can't wait for this, should be fun to watch!
  • Reply 13 of 66
    Quote:

    According to Wikipedia, Tegra will be made available in three variants: the Tegra 600 for GPS and automotive markets, the Tegra 650 for large handhelds and notebooks, and the Tegra APX 2500 for smartphones.



    The Tegra APX 2500 is said to include a 600 MHz MPCore Processor, support for a 12 megapixel camera, GeForce ULV support for OpenGL ES 2.0, up to 720p H.264 decoding, and NVIDIA nPower technology that could enable over 10 hours of HD video playback and up to 100 hours of audio.



    The first Nvidia Tegra-based devices are expected to begin shipping in mid-2009.





    I want one if Apple can't or won't revise the iPhone specifications. There is no point on spending good money for an iPhone if it doesn't match what competitors offer.





  • Reply 14 of 66
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,158member
    If this is true then MS will kill what's left of Windows Mobile. Once they start optimizing their software to run on their hardware, phone manufacturer who uses WinMo will look at the alternative (Android).
  • Reply 15 of 66
    Let's not get too smug fellow iPhone lovers. The year of having the field to ourselves has past, and along with a slew of wannabes is the new touch screen Blackberry with tactile feedback on the virtual keyboard, something Apple should have done already. Yeah, I know, the Mac universe surrounding the iPhone cannot be duplicated by RIM, but a lot of kids like physical keys for texting, and this innovation bridges the gap. Apple cannot rest on its laurels and must leapfrog the competition again to avoid becoming just one of many great smart phones.
  • Reply 16 of 66
    robb01robb01 Posts: 148member
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    Originally Posted by ouragan View Post


    I want one if Apple can't or won't revise the iPhone specifications. There is no point on spending good money for an iPhone if it doesn't match what competitors offer.









    Good Point



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  • Reply 17 of 66
    johnqhjohnqh Posts: 242member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Pachomius View Post


    Maybe they'll copy the iPhone the same way they copied the "I'm a Mac" commercials. Maybe they'll put all their zPhone kiosks right outside Apple retails stores.



    Long live the 2" thick zPhone with 100 hours of brick-like usability!!!



    P



    LOL....I can almost see the "I am a brick" commercial from MS.
  • Reply 18 of 66
    May be it will be called "Microsoft Brick Phone" !! ... that would be so awwwesome!
  • Reply 19 of 66
    johnqhjohnqh Posts: 242member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Robin Huber View Post


    Let's not get too smug fellow iPhone lovers. The year of having the field to ourselves has past, and along with a slew of wannabes is the new touch screen Blackberry with tactile feedback on the virtual keyboard, something Apple should have done already. Yeah, I know, the Mac universe surrounding the iPhone cannot be duplicated by RIM, but a lot of kids like physical keys for texting, and this innovation bridges the gap. Apple cannot rest on its laurels and must leapfrog the competition again to avoid becoming just one of many great smart phones.



    Read the reviews (or try it yourself). It seems most people hate the so-called tactile feedback, and it seems Blackberry made the OS 10x slower during the process to add the feedback.



    Pay attention to Apple's products. Apple is not about adding new features. At least half of Apple expertise is in deciding how to GET RID of features.
  • Reply 20 of 66
    Jeez, have they not learned from the Zune?
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