Speculation over the UMPC reached fever pitch in the run-up to CeBIT, then subsided a bit when everyone realised it wasn’t the technology’s equivalent of the second coming. That doesn’t mean they’re not still of interest – this new UMPC by Averatec certainly caught our eye.
This handheld Windows XP Home Edition-based machine, known as the AHI, has a keyboard that sits underneath a slide-out 5 inch, 1,280 x 1,204 touch-sensitive screen. It’s based on an Intel Celeron M ultra-low voltage processor with at least 512MB of memory.
The AHI is expected to contain a 30GB hard drive, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 10/100Mbps Ethernet, 56Kbps modem and integrated 3G mobile phone connectivity. Averatec said the device will also feature a GPS receiver and a 2MP digital camera.
The company indicated the AHI will be available in a range of configurations in black and silver, priced between £346 – £623.
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