“I think HP has a real winner on their hands with the Mini. I find it to be a capable notebook computer that is highly portable and the build quality is outstanding. I also find it impressive that the total price swing from entry level (with Linux) to fully loaded is only $250 and there is no question in my mind that the Mini is the best built UMPC at this price level. I wish HP had put an Intel processor instead of the Via but that is probably my long-time prejudice against the Via rather than any actual observed issue. I find it delightful that HP will allow consumers to configure a Mini exactly as desired on their online store which is unusual for such a low-cost device. I would have no problem recommending the Mini to anyone looking for a highly mobile notebook with few compromises.”
If that’s not enough, check out his video review on the HP 2133. For your information, the HP 2133 is ready for order now in the US.
Source – jkOnTheRun
Pics from Engadget
[27 March] According to Engadget’s sources, the UMPC will be hitting the streets on 7 April. Love that screen size and VIA processor, no word on battery life yet. One thing for sure it would be tough competitor for the ASUS Eee PC and the Everex CloudBook. For more info, check out the article from Engadget here.
Source – Engadget
[Updated: 29 March] Following Heyman’s comment on the HP 2133 UMPC’s weight, I went and double-check, the guys over at UMPC Portal listed the weight at 1.3KG, which makes more sense.
Hmm… not a UMPC, but a HDPC. Sure looks sweet and am looking forward to its launch in July.
The following write-up extracted from AVINGUSA’s report on the HDPC -
MIU(www.miubit.com) introduced its new wireless IP-based hybrid portable device dubbed ‘HDPC (Hybrid Dual Portable Computer)’ in Korea market, which is equipped with dual OS(Windows XP/Windows CE 5.0 or Linux Qplus).
Adopting a keyboard of general PC and a 4-inch display with 800×480 resolution, the HDPC supports dual-mode function and wireless internet function. It is the concept that user can make a choice of any type of soft/hard ware according to users’ needs.
As the name ‘HDPC’ signifies, user can converge the stand-alone technologies of existing portable devices such as car PC, navigation, mobile phone, PMP, mp3, UMPC, electronic dictionary, internet phone, PSP, digital camera, voice recorder, mobile IPTV into HDPC.
The HDPC is expected to be available in July 2008, and the price would be between 400,000(KRW) and 500,000(KRW).
Source – AVINGUSA
[19 March] The HTC Shift is FINALLY releasing tomorrow and price tag is HK$10,880. We covered enough on the HTC Shift so not going to further delve into it. Only one comment, does the 3.6 Mbps 3.5G HSDPA and HTC SnapVUE really worth that much? Hmm… especially with all the small UMPC such as the ASUS Eee PC; Omatek E10 and Hasee Q540X spawning one after another with price tag as low as HK$3,000. Guess that’s for you to find out and for me to know.
[Updated: 22 March] More reviews starts to surface after the release of the HTC Shift, jkOnTheRun and LAPTOP Magazine both posted very thorough reviews on the HTC Shift, check them out in the following links -
jkOnTheRun review- first impressions of the Sprint EVDO HTC Shift
HTC Shift X9000 (from LAPTOP Magazine)
Pic from Boy Genius Report
The Boy Genius Report published a very in-depth review on the HTC Shift which we in Hong Kong are still awaiting. One of the notable things that was pointed out in the review was with the HTC Communication software. According to the review,
“We have had a ton of issues with HTC’s Communication Manager. This has crashed a bunch of times, and while it’s not the biggest deal if you can’t access that bit of software, it is. That controls all wireless connectivity options, so you can forget about using Wi-Fi or 3G when that bugger crashes and doesn’t perform. You can also forget about SnapVue as that has to be on in order for the Windows Mobile side of things to start up. Thankfully it’s a software issue, and we’re more than positive this will resolved quickly. Right, HTCizzle? Besides Comm Manager, all is well in HTC Shift world. Though that’s a funny statement considering the device is a glorified PDA with that bit of software not working. Oh yeah! XP drivers, please! Come on guys, give us the option to install XP and get our world-traveler on.”
Hope HTC comes out with a software patch soon and most importantly, RELEASE this in Hong Kong please.
Source – via MobilitySite
jkkmobile got the latest specs on the ASUS Eee PC 900. So far what we know -
- CPU will be 900mHz Celeron
- no Bluetooth
- 8GB SSD with the XP version and 12GB SSD with the Linux
- 1.3 mega-pixel cam
- 9 inch 1024 x 600 screen
- 1GB Ram on board
- same batteries as the 7-inch models
- available in May/June
Check jkkmobile’s article for more details.
Size comparison pic showing N810 next to the N800 on top of an Asus Eee PC, photo from ARS Technica
[26 November] Found a great unboxing and first impression article on the Nokia N810 Tablet over at ARS Technica with some nice pics. Link here. The author’s verdict on it -
“Overall, I think that the N810 is a relatively impressive device, but the mediocrity of the built-in keyboard and the limitations of the free GPS software detract from the value of the most significant changes between the N800 and the N810. The N810 is still a very good product, but not enough to justify the $450 price tag when the N800 can be purchased for under $250. Potential N810 buyers are probably better off waiting. Those who regard the built-in GPS as a killer feature should also keep in mind that they will have to pay more for the full version of the WayFarer software in order to really make full use of the N810′s GPS capabilities.”
[Updated - 30 November] Another great unboxing video of the Nokia N810 from absolon3.
[Updated - 8 December] jkkmobile published the hands on with the Nokia N810 article. His take – it’s a no-buy. Read on and see if you agree or not. Bonus: some nice side-to-side comparison pics with the Everun.
[Updated - 10 December] tnkgrl Mobile ran an article on the comparison between the Nokia N800 and N810, link here.
[Updated - 6 March 2008] For those in Hong Kong, See-Digi (Tel: 2893 9119) is selling them for HK$3,980.
Everex CluodBook Overview
Comparison with the ASUS EeePC
Source – TechnologyGuide
A portable computer? a portable gaming device? a portable media player? No, it’s the next generation UMPC concept, take a look.
Matthew Miller over at ZDNet published the review including the video above on the all new HTC Advantage X7510. For full article, go to the link here.
Pic from Laptopmag
Eee PC killer? not quite. The Everex CloudBook is finally out and Laptopmag had a mini-review out on it. They didn’t like it much especially with how the touchpad and buttons are located and the slow boot up time. What they did like are the clean desktop and fast web surfing. Click here for the review. For additional readings, check out the CloudBook section on laptopmag’s blog, link here. Below is the hands on video from Laptopmag as well, enjoy.
Nice background track for a preview video, LOL.
Source – kabatekdotcom