Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Intel prepares cheaper alternative to current UMPCs

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Mon April 16, 2007

Intel's UMPC alternative

Intel is teasing the media with hints about its new Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform, which will be unveiled more fully at tomorrow's Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. MID attempts to remedy problems currently plaguing the UMPC market, namely high prices -- while the computers may be less expensive than most laptops, their broad featuresets have kept them priced more in the range of business users, rather than home ones. Intel's strategy involves scaling the computer back: using an embedded version of Linux rather than Windows XP Tablet, and shrinking the screen to four to six inches. The proposed processor is a dual-core model running between 600 to 800MHz.

To further reduce costs, Intel is suggesting three different types of MID. The "Stay in Touch" model would be geared for e-mail, VoIP and instant messaging, and would also be able to capture photos and video. "Be Entertained" systems would be able to handle TV, gaming, music and streaming video, while the "Access Info and Locate" MID would be equipped with GPS tracking and points-of-interest abilities. In all cases, the computers would be fitted with WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G-level HSDPA. No partners or timeframes for MIDs have been announced as yet, but prices should easily fall below $1,000. [via DailyTech]



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Kenu Airframe +

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Aiframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this ye ...

Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. Fro ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News