CNET Asia was able to get ahold of Creative ‘s attempt to enter the smartphone market, the Zii TRINITY, and it’s looking good. The Zii Trinity is a smartphone development platform based on its ZMS-05 and ZMS-08 processors. Sadly though, this isn’t a consumer product but a reference device meant for developers and manufacturers. Just like Creative’s Zii Egg device.
Basically, it’s not that much different from the Zii Egg (the Trinity is capable of video output up to HD resolutions). What makes it different is added cellular connectivity supporting GSM and WCDMA networks. So this is the iPhone to Apple’s iPod touch.
From the videos below, you’d see that the TRINITY 001 is still in an unfinished. Of course you can expect the occasional glitch but the fact that it is run by a powerful ZMS-05 SoC more than make up for it. Manufacturers interested in rolling out a Zii-powered phone can do so in 3 months, according to Creative.
Check out the videos after the jump:
The specs of the Creative Zii Trinity are:
- Quad-band GSM/tri-band WCDMA/HSDPA support up to 7.2Mbps
- ZiiLabs ZMS-05 processor
- 3.1-inch 480 x 800 OLED capacitive display
- Mini HDMI port
- 5-megapixel camera with autofocus
Personally, I was expecting Creative to sell the phones themselves. The Trinity’s specs are way good for a smartphone. Imagine Creative selling this: this could be their chance to be a household name. I wouldn’t go as far as to call this as an iPhone-killer (seriously, how many devices have been called that since 2006 and where are they all now?), but this one comes close. Really, really close.