August 24, 2009

MIUTech HDPC Phone/MID Hybrid – New Look

MIUTech HDPC Phone/MID Hybrid freshly updated with some appealing specifications – full QWERTY, a 4.8-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen and Intel Atom 1.6GHz Z530 processor – and a promise that, distributors aside, it’s all go for a release.

In fact you get two devices in one, with an ARM9 processor driving the Windows CE cellphone functionality (complete with external 2.4-inch 320 x 240 AMOLED display and numeric keypad) and a Windows XP (or Linux) PC lurking inside.

That gets a 32GB (or larger) SSD, 1GB of RAM, WiFi, USB (both host and device) and GPS, together with a microSD card slot, T-DMB (unlikely to make it out of Asia), HDMI and HD audio outputs, and a total of three cameras. One is a 5-megapixel unit for photography purposes, and then there are external and internal VGA cameras for video calls.

Considering it measures 6.06 x 2.95 x 0.91 inches and weighs 10.3oz that’s not at all bad, and while it’s still relatively bulky compared to, say, a Sidekick, it’s not the monstrous “plastic shoebox” we first compared it to. According to MIUTech they’re looking for distributors across the globe “for this final mass model” and pricing – initially tipped as $500 for a basic unit and $900 for the “premium” version – is yet to be finalized. All of a sudden this is actually something we’re vaguely interested in seeing launching.

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