Runbo X5 and X3 as walkie-talkies
Among many other devices introduced at this year’s CES, there were also three somewhat weird Android phones, we just cannot miss.
A couple of Chinese guys in camouflage gear were promoting these phones — or whatever devices they are! — which they had brought all the way from Shenzhen.
So, here we have the Runbo (No! Not ‘Rambo’!) X1 IP67 (to the right) – a certified featurephone cum walkie-talkie, with a 2-inch 176 × 144 display, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a laser pointer, quad-band GSM plus 800MHz CDMA cellular radios, 400 to 470MHz range for the software-configurable walkie-talkie, a surprisingly loud speaker and a 2,200mAh battery. Hugh!
The real stars of the show were however the two brick-sized vanilla Android 4.0.4 devices.
The one in the middle is the Runbo X5 – a device featuring a 1GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 MTK6577 chipset, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage, microSD expansion, a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 IPS display, an app-triggered laser pointer, an eight-megapixel main camera, a 0.3-megapixel front camera, a super loud speaker (again) and a massive removable 3,800mAh battery. And oh! It also comes with a 400 to 470MHz walkie-talkie radio (up to 10km range; with detachable antenna), along with the additional 850/1900/2100 WCDMA radio, two SIM slots (WCDMA plus GSM), WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. WOW!
The Runbo X3 (on the left) features the same specs as the X5, except that it has a bit smaller, 3.5-inch 800 x 480 IPS panel to make space for the QWERTY keyboard below it. Niiice!
Apart from all these impressive specs and features, the rugged devices will be offered on Taobao online store (the Chinese equivalent of eBay) for also impressively low prices! The Runbo X1will be available for ¥980 (about $160) in the next couple of days, and we’ve been told that there will also be a variant with GPS added. Both its ‘expendable’ brothers, the Runbo X3 and X5 shall be offered for just ¥1,999 ( $320).
And more good news! US folks can also order them directly from eBay for $380!