INQ, makers of the INQ 1 aka the Facebook phone, are set to launch two new phones – the INQ Chat and the INQ Mini – in time for Christmas.
Both the INQ Chat and the INQ Mini will feature Twitter integration and, controversially, the ability to sync with iTunes.
The INQ Chat will boast a full keyboard while the INQ Mini has a more compact candybar form factor.
The INQ Chat comes with a 3.2MP camera. The INQ Mini has a rather more ordinary 2MP snapper.
The 3G phones will also feature applications to allow you to access Facebook, Skype and IM and email from Hotmail, Yahoo and Google.
Twitter will run in the background on both phones with updates appearing directly on the INQ Chat's homescreen.
Both the INQ Chat and INQ Mini will act as an HSDPA modem if you plug them into your PC or Mac. But as terrific as tethering is, it's the iTunes synching that will seduce most people and irritate Apple.
Apple recently killed iTunes synching on the Palm Pre (though that was soon reversed) and is known to guard control of its music player jealously. But the new INQ phones have an ace up their sleeve.
iTunes synching on the INQ Chat and INQ Mini uses technology developed by Doubletwist, the firm co-founded by notorious DRM cracker 'DVD' Jon Lech Johansen.
The INQ Chat and INQ Mini synching method does not need to break into iTunes itself, an approach which will make it hard for Apple to counteract.
The Doubletwist iTunes synching technology will also allow devices including Sony's PSP, Blackberries and Google Android phones to get at iTunes music.
For iTunes deniers, the INQ Chat and INQ Mini can also swipe tunes from Windows Media.
Since INQ shares its owner with 3, it's inevitable that the two new INQ handsets will be coming to that network. However, we've got no news on the precise price or release date for the new social media stunners.
While you're waiting find out what we thought of INQ's Facebook phone with our review of the INQ 1 here.
(via The Guardian)