Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise's souped-up desktop phone has a 7-inch screen

The desktop phone may seem like a dinosaur in this mobile-first era, but with a 7-inch touch screen and an integrated camera on its latest model, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise begs to differ.

The 8088 Smart Deskphone, launched Monday, has been developed to feel at home in a world where users are becoming accustomed to touch-centric products and relying more on smartphones for communicating.

From the screen on the 8088, users can search for contacts, set alarms and access voice mail. There are APIs available for customization.

The phone’s features can at the same time be controlled from a smartphone, tablet or laptop. The user can also start a call on a deskphone and then transfer it to a smartphone or vice versa.

The integrated 5-megapixel camera is meant to be used, among other things, for video conferencing. To build on that, the 8088 also has an HDMI output for screen replication on a bigger display for room-based video collaboration.

The phone will start shipping in April. Pricing wasn’t immediately available.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise in its current form was born last year when Alcatel-Lucent sold the business to China Huaxin, as part of a reorganization to turn its fortunes around.

The phone, along with an upgraded version of OpenTouch Suite, was launched at the Cebit trade show in Germany and at Enterprise Connect conference in Orlando, both taking place this week.

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