January 4, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson
When it comes to portrait QWERTY Android devices, we currently don’t have a lot of options. Chris is reviewing the most prominent alternative yet: the Blackberry-esque Motorola Droid Pro. It features a form factor I personally enjoy, and hope to see more of.
Spriiing Design has added another device to the list: the Android 2.1 powered Spriiing Smile. It rocks 256MB of RAM, a 2.6-inch QWVGA screen, a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor, and a 3 megapixel shooter. There’s a microSD slot, 3G support, a GPS, FM radio, Wi-Fi, and magnetometer and the little unit weighs 110g. Those specs will likely not appeal to dedicated Android fans, but it might prove to be a nice budget alternative for casual users.
Apparently, the Spriiing Smile is manufactured by Huawei and it’s designed in Sweden. The portrait QWERTY Android is already available in Australia through Boost Mobile under the name BoostDroid, and will be released in Thailand on January 18th. As for the rest of the world, only time will tell.