Smartphones are pretty popular these
days, and with hundreds of models flooding the market, it becomes
increasingly difficult for companies to stand out. Efforts have run
the gamut between naming
after familiar sitcom characters to physically adding
unusual features. Chinese company Daxian's latest smartphone
design certainly fits within the latter spectrum – it's a modest,
if somewhat cheap-looking, Android phone with the inevitable
convenience of an AC charger baked right in.
Indeed, after removing the back panel
and flipping up the standard Type
A (NEMA 1) prongs, one can quickly plug the device's bottom-right
corner into the mains. That's nice and all, but Daxian's execution
isn't ideal. You'll be removing the back panel every time you want to
plug in or put the phone in your pocket, and loaded power strips
might prevent you from making a connection.
It also might be all too easy to damage the
wall socket and/or break the prongs off
the phone by bumping it while plugged. Wouldn't that be unfortunate?
As expected, the presence of the AC
adaptor taking up space in the case means Daxian couldn't put in
particularly beefy hardware. A 1.0Ghz dual-core MediaTek MT6517 SoC,
4GB of storage, a 4.3” 800x480-pixel screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS,
a micro SD slot, two GSM SIM card slots, and a pair of 3.1mp cameras
are known to be included, along with two 1,800mAh batteries (one is a
spare). The device runs Android 4.0.1, at least; better than 2.3,
which many of these odd little smartphones get.
Odds are you won't ever see the Daxian
N100i outside of China. They're priced at the equivalent of USD $80
($40 each if bought in bulk), though, making them cheap, and surely
there are people with special jobs or needs out there who will readily trade
smooth software performance for lighter hauls. Dare I say... homeless
people? (Via Engadget)