Inbrics has announced it is to launch the Android-based MID M1 at next week's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.

The "smartphone-like device" offers a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Specs include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G or WiMAX, a 3-megapixel camera, front-facing VGA camera, 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot.

As well as phone functionality, Inbrics sees the M1 serving as a media controller for other devices, in order to "make it easy for consumers to access and share their digital photos, music, movies and more from any device in their home and outside wireless networks".

"A consumer may have one or more of the following: a TV, a mobile phone, a digital camera, a laptop, a desktop and a DVR", says Inbrics. "The Inbrics convergence 'controller' acts as a conduit so the data can be pushed to any device the consumer chooses".

We'll try and bring you more from MWC about how real this thing is, but it looks like it will be a while before this becomes available - Inbrics says it plans to introduce the MID M1 in Europe in 2010 - "or early 2011".