At least two companies were developing smartphones using Windows XP before Microsoft announced the launch of Windows Phone 7 at the Mobile World Congress in Spain in February 2010. First, a company called ViewSonic developed the VCP08, a Windows XP-powered phone that looks like the Nokia N97. The ViewSonic phone retains the desktop feel of Windows XP and retains all the traditional elements, including the Start menu, taskbar, and system tray. There’s no doubt that this is a great way to stay productive, but working on a small screen is painful. To compensate for the reduced size, the ViewSonic Windows XP smartphone comes with a full keyboard.
Then there’s the ITG xpPhone, another Chinese smartphone designed to bring Windows XP into the mobile market and keep users productive outside their traditional offices. The xpPhone has a similar form factor, with a 4.8-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 800×480 pixels. Powered by an AMD processor, it comes with 512MB of memory and several storage options, including 120GB HDD. There is no doubt that the device is not necessarily easy to carry with it, so it is often considered a smaller laptop with phone function. But at the end of the day, it’s still the easiest way to carry Windows XP anywhere.
The xpPhone weighs 400 grams and includes a removable battery. The manufacturer claims the device allows for five or seven hours of mixed use, along with other additional features such as a headphone jack, microphone connector, USB port and Wi-Fi. There is no doubt that Windows XP phones have never been warmly welcomed, mainly because the operating system has not been developed for mobile devices. Microsoft launched the Windows Phone 7 in 2010, and while the operating system seemed to be the right way to get into the mobile market, Microsoft finally decided to end the adventure earlier this year by exiting Windows 10 Mobile.
At this point, the future of Microsoft’s mobile business seems entirely dependent on Android. Not only did the company introduce many of its apps to Android, it even offered Android launchers, but it also plans to release Android devices later this year. Surface Duo is a dual-screen mobile device that uses Android instead of Windows 10X, and Duo Surface will be available around Christmas in late 2020.