INQ Cloud Touch

We haven’t heard much from INQ Mobile recently, but there have been rumours for a while that INQ was working with Facebook on a mobile phone, and the upcoming INQ Cloud Touch is one of a pair of handsets launched as a result of this, the other one being the INQ Cloud Q.
The INQ Cloud Touch is an Android 2.2 smartphone with a 3.5″ 480 x 320 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, 3.5G support and WiFi, a 5 megapixel camera, 4GB of flash on a microSD card, GPS and an FM radio. Inside is a usefully large 1300 mAh battery, the Cloud Touch runs on a fairly modest 600 MHz Qualcomm processor.

It’s clear from the hardware specifications that this isn’t a very high end device, but the software sets it apart from rival handsets. The home screen is a Facebook feed which contains details of friends updates and multimedia, plus the Cloud Touch supports Facebook Places and Facebook Events, which it synchronises with Google’s own Android calendar function.

As well as Facebook, the INQ Cloud Touch has a built-in Spotify client with a dedicated Spotify key built in. And because this is an Android 2.2 smartphone, there are thousands of other applications that you can download from the Android market, plus a full suite of Google apps supplied as standard.
If you can’t get enough of Facebook, then the INQ Cloud Touch could well be for you. If you’re not into Facebook.. well, it almost definitely isn’t. It’s quite a good looking device which should help sales, and we should expect that it will offer good value too.

INQ say that the Cloud Touch should be available during Q2 2011, in the UK it will be available through Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy stores. INQ is owned by Hutchison Whampoa, who also own the 3 network.. so it’s a good bet that this will be available on 3 contract and pay-as-you-go. We don’t know about the availability of the Cloud Touch anywhere else though.

Android and Facebook are two of the hottest tech properties at the moment, and combining them together looks like a compelling idea. It is just possible that INQ might have a surprise hit on their hands with this new approach.

INQ Cloud Touch

Available: Q2 2011
Network: GSM + Triband UMTS
Data: GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA + WiFi
Screen: 3.5″ 480 x 320 pixels
Camera: 5 megapixels
Size: Tablet smartphone
112 x 62mm approx
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory card: MicroSD
Infra-red: No
Polyphonic: Yes
Java: Optional
GPS: Yes
OS: Android 2.2
Battery life: Not specified (1300 mAh cell)

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