By January 29, 2009

Mobinnova ICE unboxed

A different brand and a different take on the Windows Mobile platform, the ICE is the first handset to be launched by the relatively unknown company Mobinnova. In fact Mobinova do have other handsets but this is the first one I’ve actually seen.


The Mobinnova ICE


A first look at the Mobinnova ICE and you might be forgiven for thinking that it was a Samsung Omnia as both have a similar form-factor and glossy silver-grey finish. The similarity doesn’t end there either as the ICE phone also has a 240 x 400 (WQVGA) display albeit 0.5" smaller than the Omnia’s.

What is different about the ICE is on the navigation panel below the main screen. Underneath the 3" touchscreen you’ll find a small OLED display. Measuring just over 1" diagonal this secondary display is actually a touch panel area in place of a more conventional d-pad or trackball. There are other phones on the market that employ a similar technology, such as the Samsung Soul, but this is the first time I’ve seen such a thing used on a Windows mobile device. As a result the front of the ICE is extremely clean with just the Send and End phone keys sticking out.

The touch panel illuminates and is context sensitive so, most of the time it functions as a regular d-pad with up, down, left, right and ‘OK’ in the centre, but some applications change what the display shows and does. It can even be configured to display date/time when the main display goes off.

The rest of the Mobinnova ICE specification is also pretty good as you’ll be able to see below. Weighing in at 120 grams and only 13mm thick it’s an easily pocketable handset with CPU power and decent amount of RAM to boot.

We’re working on the full review at the moment but please have a look at my Mobinnova ICE unboxing video below to see it in a little more detail.


Mobinnova ICE unboxed


Mobinnova ICE specification:

  • Dimensions: 114 x 53.5 x 13mm
  • Weight: 120g with battery
  • Networks: Tri Band WCDMA/HSPA
  • Europe/Asia/Americas – WCDMA/HSPA 900/1900/2100MHzHSDPA providing downlink *speeds of up to 7.2Mbps
  • HSUPA providing uplink speeds of up to 2Mbps
  • Quad band GSM / GPRS / EDGE GSM850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • Display: 3” WQVGA flat TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen
  • Secondary display: 128 x 96 OLED panel
  • User Interface:  mobiToday, mobiFeel and mobiShift controls
  • Camera: 3 megapixel autofocus camera with dedicated shutter control. 2nd camera for video calling
  • Memory: 256MB ROM / 128MB RAM. microSD expansion slot with SDCH support
  • Wireless: WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • Radio: Built in FM Radio with RDS/RBDS function
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR / A2DP for use with Bluetooth stereo headsets
  • mini USB 2.0 plus TV-Out CVBS + L/R audio
  • Navigation: Built in GPS/AGPS
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM7201ATM (528MHz)
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile® 6.1 professional
  • Battery: 1080mAh rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery
  • Talk: Up to 6 hours
  • Standby: Up to 160 hours


If you like what you see then you can head over to where you can pre-order the Mobinnova ICE for just £399.99.


Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings

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More than 20 years in the IT industry. Blogging with a passion and thirst for new technology since 2005.
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