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The Twitter Phones are here: INQ Chat & INQ Mini

Look at these latest gorgeous devices to come flying out of INQ headquarters.

The Guardian got the news up and out just past midnight Tuesday:

The two new phones from INQ, set up by Hutchison Whampoa, the Hong Kong-based owner of mobile network 3, both have Twitter built-in, meaning that users do not have to send or receive texts in order to keep up with the micro-blogging site, instead once they have logged-on it is ‘always on’ in the background, using the phone’s data connection. On the INQ Chat, Twitter updates appear directly on its home screen.

Both phones also operate as HSDPA modems, meaning they can be plugged into a PC or Mac for mobile internet access. The INQ Chat has a 3.2 megapixel camera while the INQ Mini has a 2 megapixel camera. Both can support up to 8GB of memory although it will be up to the operator shipping the phones to decide what size memory cards to include.

We’ll have more news from INQ soon. We should hopefully see the devices hit the market around Christmas time.

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26 replies on “The Twitter Phones are here: INQ Chat & INQ Mini”

It's entirely proprietary Jim — but that's just a reflection on the audience they're intending the handsets for. I can't wait 'til they have a go at the likes of an Android handset (unconfirmed, but, surely, they must be thinking Android at some point).

Probably the same benefit as having FB/Skype/MSN built in instead of a client. The INQ1 still runs circles around the iPhone, a year after its launch. in terms of background, always-on-even-in-2G integration for alerts of new IM's, requests, updates etc.

I'm sure Twitteriffic will catch up someday 😉

(and the phone is 1/4 the price too. And the battery lasts longer than 12hrs)

/m

The INQ1 was never really able to play music properly from a Java application.

Please let them use a proper CPU this time around.

There were only a couple major issues that prevented the INQ1 from being a phone developers could target.

Fix those and they got a hit.

Well I think we can all agree that the iPhone is a bit rubbish but there are other phones out there which can do the background running/notification stuff.

Course, that still leaves the the price. And the battery thing.

Okay. Fair enough…

How does enabling developers to 'target a phone' guarantee it will be a hit? Haven't developers been able to develop on Symbian / Java for years, yet the experience for many end-users has been utter rubbish?

How does enabling developers to 'target a phone' guarantee it will be a hit? Haven't developers been able to develop on Symbian / Java for years, yet the experience for many end-users has been utter rubbish?

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