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Bphone TV tuner handset

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Plenty of Chinese phones throw in a TV tuner. But the Bphone 1 also throws in a twisting, 5in, 800x480 screen and full keyboard to achieve a micro-laptop form-factor.

The phone’s other features aren’t stellar, including - it says here - "WIFI, GPS [and] gravity sensing".

Another in the category is the Flying F698, which has a lovely Blake's 7 look to it.

Bphone TV notebook handset

Price $535 (£335)
More info Chinatronic

C99 Star phone

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Jony Ive, take note. The iPhone's sluggish sales in China may not have much to do with high price or difficult business conditions. We wonder why would anyone bother with a rounded rectangle when they could have the C99 Quad Band Mini Star-Styled Touch Screen Cell Phone?

We’ve no idea why this mobe is star-shaped or, ergonomics aside, why anyone would want a star-shaped phone.

It has nonetheless been summoned into existence and offers a 240 x 320 pixel screen, Bluetooth and even handwriting input. There’s even an MSN app, media player and FM radio, and it does have a glass-bead starfish on the back.

C99 Quad Band Mini Star-Styled Touchscreen phone

Price $104 (£65)
More info Chinabuye

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