Sunday, 27 June 2010
Bluebird BIP-6000 Phone Revealed Bluebird Releasing Rugged Android Smartphone, 3G, GSM
environments where regular gadgets wouldn't stand up. It has regular
features like we're used to, such as Android, a camera, and a QWERTY
keyboard, but it also meets US military standards.
The Bluebird BIP-6000, from SDG Systems, is the new rugged smartphone.
It will come with Android as an operating system, and will have the
aforementioned BlackBerry-like plastic QWERTY keyboard. IT'll have a
806MHz processor, and a 1D bar code scanner. Unfortunately, the
ruggedness comes at a price as the phone will ship with Android 1.5,
which is quickly being outdated by newer versions left and right.
It'll also come with a 3MP digital camera (with flash), and will have a
3.5-inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 640. It will run on GSM voice
bands and for data, it's 3G capable. SDG Systems proudly reports that it
meets the US Military's MIL-STD-810F standard for withstanding drops,
vibration, temperature, pressure, moisture, sand and dust.
Reportedly, the phone was supposed to ship with Windows Mobile, but the
developers added Android 1.5 just before CES. They've assured the press
that Android 2.x will be coming soon to the phone. Unfortunately, the
phone will come unsubsidized at a high, high price of $2,000 – so
only those who need it will probably buy it.