Friday, November 30, 2007

HTC Shift EVDO version spotted

FCC has been testing device called " UMPC/CLIO200 " but the label location picture shows it's HTC Shift.

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FCC label location picture

Picture from Shifts manual

Test raports proof that it has EVDO so it should be on its way..


Via Gizmodo

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Frank reviews OQO 02

"A few design changes and a good price cut and this device is a killer."

View it at UltraMobilePC-Tips

Monday, November 26, 2007

WiBrain B1 available soon

Starting at $699 at Dynamism.


Asus R2E starts its rounds

Look what's under the hood.. HSDPA goodness.. but it's the non voice supported modem..

UPDATE: Looks like it will available soon! BestBuy has it online for $1099 ( nothing about HSDPA ) No word on actual release date but its estimated to arrive in 1-2 weeks.

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R2H on the top... R2E with bigger battery.

Hopefully more info soon..

Via [ Translated ]

Everun gets new online reseller UMPC RoanDigital Everun S60H (600Mhz, 60GB, 512MB RAM) [available from 07.12.2007]

They are selling it for 689 euros, which i think is a good deal.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

HTC Shift manual online

Get it

Intel: MID target price $499

But as MIDs typically have data/voice modems: "In order to lower the prices, the OEMs are seeking to reach bundle deals with telecom carriers. Both the OEMs and telecom carriers are probing the possibility of lowering the MID prices to US$199-299"

Via DigiTimes

Unboxing HTC Shift UMPC

Click to see the video

More details and Live presentation at UMPCPortal

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Samsung Q1 Ultra HSDPA finally shipping

It's with XP Tablet but it doesn't have fingerprint reader even Samsung say it does. Tablet Store in Germany seems to be first to have stock.

UMPC News: Q1 Ultra HSDPA 'Baron' now available in Germany

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Easynote XS video review

It's Packard Bell's version of VIA Nanobook, a laptop UMPC, which will be also sold as Everex CE 260 in US.

Click to see the video

More at UMPCPortal

Monday, November 19, 2007

No PCI-e connector on some Asus Eee PCs

Bad news for those thinking of buying Asus Eee and upgrading it with SSD, 3G or other PCI-e adapters. PhiBeR is reporting that the 3rd batch is missing the connector! Asus, we know (and love) that Eee is cheap, but you don't have to be!!!

Via EeeUser Forum

UPDATE: More bad news

"Inserting a Novatel mini PCIe EVDO modem into the empty mini PCIe card slot disabled the built-in SSD"

So it looks really bad for diy PCI-e upgrades even if you get one with the connector...

Via tnkgrl at EeeUser Forum

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Asus R50A UMPC, official info

Now it's official. "The R50A is the first UMPC that reaches the full potential of the platform." it's UMPC, not a MID.

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Only with the R50A do users get GPS, a webcam, 3G/ 3.5G connectivity, and full notebook functionality, making the R50A the one indispensable gadget for everyone.

Intuitive Navigation
The R50A’s customizable, mission-based application launcher organizes software programs into categories and makes navigating between tasks simple.

Enjoy Anywhere
The unit’s built-in TV tuner allows you to enjoy your favorite TV shows anywhere.

Connesct Anywhere
The R50A will offer 3/ 3.5G connectivity. Users have full access to their data anywhere.

Capture and Communicate Anywhere
The R50A’s built-in webcam and microphone let users capture photos, video and audio wherever they are, and enable wire-free video communication.

Create Anywhere
The R50A has ample power to support the most popular office and productivity applications. With ASUS InfoPen software, users can record and edit on the R50A’s 1024 x 600 screen as easily as they could on a piece of paper.

Find Your Way Anywhere
ASUS brings you the first UMPC with built-in GPS. Users no longer need to deal with paper maps or ask for directions. Link up seamlessly to Google Maps, and the R50A will know your exact location.

More news about it

Known specs so far

More details, news and links at UMPCPortal

Asus press release

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Meet Gigabyte M704 UMPC

VIA 1.2GHz, 7” 1024x600 with LED backlight..

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CPU: VIA Esther ULV C7-M (1.2GHz, 400/800MHz, 128KB/128KB L2)
OS: Windows Vista Premiem
Chipset: VIA VX-700
Memory: DDR2-533, 768MB
LCD: 7” TFT-LCD WXGA, 1024x600, with LED backlight
HDD: 1.8" with 5400 RPM,40 or 60 GB
CAM: 1.3M pixel CMOS web-cam
Wireless: 802.11 b/g
Card reader:SD/MMC/SD-IO
USB 2.0: 2 ports
VGA output
DC in connector

expension port(including 10/100M ethernet jack)

Battery: 2 cells,3900mAh/cell, 3 hrs
Dimension: 190(W)x120.8(D)x30.3(H)mm
Weight: 780g

Via UMPCPortal Forum

Gigabyte product page

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Asus R2E features HSDPA and SunRead glare-proof screen

Asus has just opened R2E pruduct pages showing new features and accessories.

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"The R2E Ultra Mobile PC satisfies every on-the-go computing needs and more! With its 7-inch LCD screen, the R2E packs all this features in the size of a paperback novel! Bult-in 3.5G module and ASUS SunRead glare-proof panel, equips the R2E to lead the way when navigating the great outdoors in the sun!"

Asus R2E details and links

Asus R2E product page

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Multi-touch on Dell's convertible Latitude XT

That would be nice on UMPC too!

Click to see the video

News via Engadget

Video from Keynotes at Oracle OpenWorld

Asus R3 to be Asus R50A

"Revolutionary Ultra Mobile PC redefines "mobile" with full PC and GPS functionality"

UPDATE: More details

So far the specs look like:

Based on Menlow ( 900Mhz Intel )
4.8 inch 1024 x 600 touch screen
Wifi, Bt, 3G
Fp reader
Speakers and mic
mouse pointer and d-pad
built-in TV tuner

Estimated size 160 mm x 85 mm x 20 mm
No keyboard

Other news about it

Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC, 1.33GHz Core Solo

"The Ultra-mobile PC features full PC functionality wrapped around a 1.9 pound UMPC form factor including a 7" wide LCD, integrated split-QWERTY keyboard and a 1.33GHz ULV Intel Core Solo Pentium CPU."

More info coming soon..

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

PCI-E SSD for Asus Eee PC and other UMPCs

SanDisk Vaulter™ SSD drive will come in 8Gb and 16Gb sizes. “This system solution brings SanDisk’s flash performance benefits to the price-sensitive consumer who needs high-capacity storage”

SanDisk Vaulter Disk, a PCI Express Module

Wibrain B1 UMPC hands-on

Looks like first test units are making rounds in Korea.

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Keyboards side by side, Q1 Ultra and B1.

B1 with Raon Vega.

And with Tango/Medion/Gigabite UMPC.

Hit these links for more pix and info.

UPmania ( Korean )

PMPInside ( Translated )

Lazion ( Translated )

Monday, November 12, 2007

OQO e2, the review

HSDPA and touch screen please...

Click to see preview video and details

And now read it!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Wibrain B1 UMPC on video

Click to see the video

More about Wibrain B1

Wibrain B1 details at

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Black Asus Eee PC available

Expansys Store

And while you are waiting it check Kevin playing with it and Rob's preview

Design series: The Slate UMPC

Going towards 3rd generation of UMPCs a "one fits for all" device designs will need specially targeted sister models. That's why I'll be doing a series of targeted designs, starting with The Slate UMPC.

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These 2 pictures are updates with scroll wheels and volume/brightness wheels

Slate UMPC needs to be thin and light. All design elements have their focus on using it with pen input, landscape and portrait.

My suggestions for base hardware:

1.20GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Solo Processor U2200
120Gb Hd
7 inch 1024 x 600 LED screen with active digitizer and soft touch with auto switch and auto rotation
Wifi and Bluetooth
Dual mode hardware buttons, user programmable, with application recognition
Fingerprint reader
SD slot
Pop-Up accessory base for webcam ( turns 180' ) or GPS
Integrated 2-way stand
Dimensions: 6.77 x 4.33 x 0.62 / 172 mm x 110 mm x 16 mm

Internal mini battery ( 10 minutes ) and hot swappable main battery ( 2+ hours )
Main battery size 100 mm x 60 mm x 10 mm ( easy to carry extra battery(ies))


64Gb SSD
WWAN, integrated EVDO or HSPA or Wimax
Docking Station

Any other must have features?

Monday, November 05, 2007

x86 Gphone?

As Intel is one of OHA members , with direct link to MIDs on that list, we might see a x86 Gphone..

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HTC's Peter Chou says in the two years it's been working on OHA designs, "this is the best one we've seen." The device itself, which measures about 3 x 5-inches, sports a touchscreen, navigational controls at the base, and a full swivel out keyboard. When swiveled the screen goes from portrait to landscape mode... T-Swivel?

Steve asks where is the browser partner? They clearly state: "part of this Android solution is a very robust HTML web browser... contrary to a lot of the speculation out there" by Rubin, but who is making it?

One thing is sure: Those devices will be connected and Wimax will be one of the new ways to do it.
"Android also aligns with Sprint's plans for its next-generation mobile data network, Xohm(TM), which will soft launch in several markets in late December and begin commercial service in 2008. Sprint is working with ecosystem partners and others to incorporate WiMAX technology in a range of computing, portable multi-media, interactive and other consumer electronic devices. Sprint is working with Google to bring Xohm WiMAX mobile Internet customers search, interactive communications and social networking tools through a new mobile portal, as Sprint untethers Internet access for consumers, businesses and government customers."

Carrypad on x86 Gphone

Google Blog, Where's my Gphone?

Sprint Joins Open Handset Alliance

Engadget live, Google's Android announcement