updated 12:20 pm EDT, Wed May 7, 2008
Philips touchscreen phone
Dutch electronics giant Philips is working on its own attempted competitor to the iPhone, leaked information suggests. A Chinese site, CCID, says it has obtained preliminary information on a new Xenium phone, called the X800. Like the iPhone the X800 is designed as a mostly touchscreen-controlled device, with any physical buttons relegated to essential commands; its physical differences consist mostly of a black backing and a more slender profile.
In terms of software the X800 attempts to mimic the iPhone's home screen, using icons to launch applications such as games, e-mail and the camera. The phone can also be tilted sideways for a landscape view; it is not known, however, if it will rotate automatically using a motion sensor. Prices and release dates are likewise unknown, but one image suggests it may at least be carried by Vodafone Hong Kong.