Lumigon’s T1 Powered by Android—First Batch Arriving Late 2010

A smartphone newcomer—Denmark based Lumigon—will be shipping the first batch of its new T1 smartphone to some retailers “by the very end of this year” and the first major shipment will go out during the first quarter of 2011. Lumigon is rolling the dice since it has practically no brand name recognition and will have to compete against very established manufacturers like HTC and Motorola. However, the company does have a few tricks up its sleeves…or should I say inside its T1.

Deciding exactly which Android powered smartphone you buy has never been harder. Every manufacturer’s breakthrough with hardware features is quickly matched or surpassed by competitors. Even the designs are starting to look the same. That’s understandable, since there are only so many different ways to make a smartphone. Lumigon’s idea to make the T1 stand out? Put in stuff other manufacturers haven’t tried or adopted yet and skin the device with a custom made interface layer.

Quick Specs to the Lumigon T1:

  • 3.5” 480×800 touchscreen
  • 800 MHz Freescale i.MX515 processor (it uses a Cortex-A8 design)
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Bluetooth
  • FM radio receiver and transmitter
  • Accelerometer
  • Bang & Olufsen ICEpower technology for the speakers and audio components
  • Lumigon’s P-GUI interface on top of Android
  • Universal remote functionality that “learns”
  • Android OS 2.1 or 2.2 (not yet confirmed)
  • 720p HDMI out via dock

Like how it’s looking? I like the idea of universal remote abilities (didn’t the Palm have something like this a decade ago before infrared was replaced?) and the P-GUI interface sounds interesting. Fortunately, I also have some video to share of the device in action:

 

Besides the T1, Lumigon is also building a slider style model dubbed the Lumigon ‘S1’ for sale in the last quarter of 2011.

So, you interested in the T1? It going to be an option floating around in your mind until you finally decide its time you upgraded? The audio quality of the T1 is expected to be superb. If you are an audiophile and spend a lot of your time watching and listening to media on your television and audio system, the universal remote abilities and 720p HD output via HDMI might be a godsend.

I’ll keep you up to date with the T1 as more information and hopefully the Android version powering it at launch are confirmed. In the meantime, tell me what you think of it.

Tags: , , , ,