Android-Running Inbrics MID M1 Headed for Barcelona

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2010-02-10 Print this article Print

The MID M1 from Inbrics is part of the company's portfolio of converged devices promoting the Android platform. The M1 features a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touch screen, Wi-Fi connectivity and a slideout keypad. Europe will likely be treated to it first.

Audiences at the Mobile World Congress event, beginning Feb. 15 in Barcelona, will get a close-up look at the MID M1 from Korea-based Inbrics, which first introduced the "smartphone-like" device at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.
The sleek MID (mobile Internet device), dressed in black and shades of silver and gray, measures 4.9 by 2.4 by 0.54 inches and features a slide-out keypad and a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touch-screen display.
It also runs Google's Android operating system - though a brochure from CES doesn't specify the version. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are included, along with GPS and a digital compass, a Samsung S5PC100 processor, 16GB of ROM and 512MB of RAM memory, a microSD slot and a 3-megapixel camera.
Users can also personalize the device with widgets.
While offering Web and e-mail access, and acting as a "fully functional personal information manager," the company - whose tagline for the device is "More time to rock, talk, surf" - wants consumers to know the device doesn't only mean business.
"Inbrics M1 delivers entertainment everywhere," it states in the brochure. "It provides digital photos, music and Internet, as well as enabling you to share pictures and movies with family and friends."

The company focuses on converged devices and Wi-Fi-based solutions, describing itself on its Website as working to drive "commercialization of Android platforms and become a provider of total solutions."
Other products include a mobile router for WiMax and WiBro networks; a Media CPE device with "smart widgets" that connects to Wi-Fi or WiMax, runs Android, and can display photos and play music; and the SoIP S1, a curve of a device meant for the home. Also running Android, the S1 offers Web browsing, video calling, photo displaying, a phone book feature and home monitoring, among other features.
According to Pocketlint, Inbrics will introduce the MID M1 in Europe in 2010 or early 2011.


Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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