Mobinnova ICE photoview

        

icefrontMobinnova is a new OEM who famously won the contract for the next Sony Ericsson Xperia.

Their ICE smartphone is their first mainstream Windows Mobile device and is a pretty innovative device, featuring many attempts to do things a bit differently.

I have just received a review device from eXpansys, and will be putting the device through its paces over the next few weeks. To kick of the review here is some photos of the device’s hardware features after the break.

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The front, with the screen off, is a striking black slab, and appears rather sleek.  It makes for a pretty good mirror, and the facade is hardly disturbed by the front-facing camera, earphone, dial and end call keys. It is also fetchingly framed by the chrome ring around the edge of the screen.

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The back is also pretty minimalist, featuring the 3.2 megapixel camera without flash and stereo speakers. Due to the camera being a bit proud of the back the speaker grills are not covered when the device is placed flat on a table. Unfortunately this also makes it very likely the camera surround will show wear pretty quickly.

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The left of the device only features a door for the mini-USB port. The attachment is with a small elastic band, and does not inspire confidence in its durability.

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The right side has the easy to press volume and camera keys, and another door for the microSD card, featuring the same flimsy attachment. Of course Mobinnova should be congratulated for having an easy to replace microSD card slot which does not require taking the back off or removing the battery.

 

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The bottom is devoid of any buttons, but the top features a power button and very well implemented ringer switch, and also the telescopic stylus slot. The stylus is extremely small and narrow, and very short, even when extended.

 

icevshdicevshdwidthWhen compared to another back slab, the HTC Touch HD, the device is the same height, but clearly a lot narrower (and of course with a smaller screen).

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The thickness is very similar, and the ICE feels and fits very well in the hand.

The device’s full hardware specs are :

Dimensions:

53.5 x 114 x 13 millimetres

Mass:

120 grams (battery included)

CPU:

32bit Qualcomm MSM7201A

CPU_Clock:

528 MHz

Memory,:Storage_capacity

ROM;capacity:

256 MiB

RAM_capacity:

128 MiB

Display

Display-Type:

color transflective TFT , 65536 scales

Display_Diagonal:

3 ”

Display:Resolution:

240 x 400

Secondary_Display-Type:

color OLED

Secondary:Display+Diagonal:

1.1 ”

Secondary_Display+Resolution:

128 x 96

Video-out:

NTSC/PAL resolution

Sound

Microphone(s):

mono

Loudspeaker(s):

stereo

Audio-Output:

Proprietary

Cellular+Phone

Cellular+Networks:

GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS1900, UMTS2100

Cellular;Data;Links:

CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA

Call-Alert:

40 -chord melody

Vibrating_Alert:

Supported

Speakerphone-:

Supported

Control;Peripherals

Positioning+Device:

Touchscreen & TouchPad

Directional;Pad:

5 -way

Scroll-Wheel:

Not supported

Interfaces

Expansion;Slots:

microSD, microSDHC, TransFlash, SDIO

USB:

USB 2.0 client, 12Mbit/s

mini-USB

Bluetooth:

Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

Wireless_LAN:

802.11b, 802.11g

Infrared_Gate:

Not supported

Multimedia:Telecommunication

Analog_Radio;Receiver:

FM radio (87.5-108MHz) with RDS/RBDS

Satellite+Navigation

Built-in_GPS-module:

Supported

Complementary-GPS_Services:

Assisted GPS, QuickGPS, Geotagging

Built-in;Digital:Camera

Main-Camera:

3.1 MP

Autofocus_(AF):

Supported

Optical-Zoom:

1 x

Secondary;Camera:

0.3 MP

Additional_Details

Built-in+accelerometer:

Supported

Battery:

removable

Battery Capacity:

1080 mAh

The Mobinnova ICE is available on pre-order from eXpansys for  £399.99 (Affiliate link)

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