The main smartphone makers impressed us with their products @ CES 2010, but a couple of not so famous brands also managed to shine in Las Vegas, through their innovations. Among those there’s Else and its cool Emblaze smartphone, pictured below.
This touchscreen device is the very first to use Access’ Linux Platform v3.0 OS, but we also learn that the handset packs a 3.47 inch touchscreen display, with a 480 x 854 resolution, an OMAP 3430 processor and 16GB of internal memory. There’s also a 5 megapixel camera on board, a 3.5mm audio jack and A-GPS.
The Else Emblaze design is quite striking, specially thanks to the blue illuminated side buttons and touchscreen icon tray. These feats are completed by an original menu system, based on a series of concentric levels and sublevels, that can be navigated with one thumb. The downside to all of this is the lack of an SDK, meaning that there are no apps to have fun with, just yet.
Also in the flaws section, we learn that the video performance can be faulty, but the concept behind the device is solid, the virtual keyboard is highly usable and the design is great.