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NES emulation phone unfolds online

Features split gaming keypad, 16:9 display

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An unfolding mobile phone able to play games from the NES console has been spied for sale online.

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The Cool8800C plays NES games

Register Hardware has seen the phone – known as the Cool8800C - for sale on several websites. Pictures show how the candybar phone’s top surface hinges open between the main 2.2in screen and keypad to reveal a 16:9, 2.8in screen – ideal for mobile gaming.

A split gaming control pad is laid out on the underside of each flap and, despite the handset’s manufacturer being a mystery, retailers have said the phone has a NES emulator on board. It can also, apparently, be used for watching telly.

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The second screen's dedicated to gaming and videos

Sadly, the phone’s other specifications are somewhat mediocre. For example, the rear-mounted camera is a measly 0.3Mp, and connectivity options are limited to dual-band GSM and WAP.

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Handwriting recognition is supported

On the plus side, Bluetooth is present for short-range data transfers, MP3 compatibility and a FM radio will provide audio entertainment, while it’s also claimed the phone can take two SIM cards.

The phone is said to do dandwriting recognition – hence the pictured stylus. The talker measures 120 x 55 x 23mm and the stated talk time is between three and five hours.

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The camera is only 0.3Mp

The Cool8800C is available in a silver and black body for $140 (£98/€110) from one website, but another retailer will sell you the same phone in a “coffee” body for €118 (£105/$149). ®

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