Hutchison Whampoa’s handset play INQ has announced two new handsets that it hopes will build on the success of its first device the INQ1 – known colloquially as the ‘Facebook Phone’ because of the social networking capabilities around which it was designed.
There has long been talk of an official ‘Facebook Phone’, something the social network has always denied was being developed in-house. But niche handset vendor INQ, which focuses on social media and applications and is owned by 3’s parent Hutchison, has come close to validating the rumours with the launch of two new Android handsets created in close collaboration with Facebook.
Hutchison Whampoa’s handset development studio has broken into Asia under a deal with SingTel that will see the Singaporean carrier launch INQ’s latest handset.
The handset unit that emerged from the incubator of Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa is onto its second device and is sticking with the social networking theme with the Twitter phone.
Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa looks like it’s about to try its luck in the handset design space. A new subsidiary called INQ Mobile has recently set up shop, and while the unit does not appear to have yet launched, its mission statement is quite clear – to design multimedia focused phones for use on [...]