Recently, Rockchip designed a prototype Android-powered “desk phone” which was spotted in the wilds of IFA 2010. The device featured landline and 3G connectivity which can be used to make video calls or surf the web.
Android-powered “desk phone” comes with hardware shortcuts and a set of stereo speakers, along with a proper handset for making calls. It also has touchscreen of 7-inches with no word on size. It also featured with Bluetooth and WiFi together with speakerphone functionality. Android-based landline phone renders are one thing, but Rockchip has been quietly beavering away at the real thing,” wrote “HS” of MP4 Nation.
Unluckily, it looks Rockchip are putting their desk-phone idea out there as a spur to manufacturers to use their Android-capable chips, sooner than testing the waters for launching it themselves. No details on tech specs or if this will even make it to market. “[Still, this] Android phone [seems doomed to] forever sit on the table, can’t go anywhere with you, and when you talk to somebody on it, you don’t even want to be around the darn thing anyway.”
Meanwhile, Slash Gear’s Chris Davies reported that the phone likely featured an (estimated) 7-inch touchscreen, hardware shortcuts, a “proper handset,” along with Bluetooth, WiFi and speakerphone functionality. “[But] unfortunately, it seems [as if] Rockchip is putting their desk-phone idea out there as a spur to manufacturers to use their Android-capable chips, rather than testing the waters for launching it themselves,” he added.