You'll soon be able to get your hands on Asustek's first UMPC

Asustek's first UMPC has received FCC approval meaning that we should be seeing a US release of the R2H very soon. For those of you who haven't been keeping up with the development of the R2H, DailyTech had a chance to play around with a unit at Computex and it's quite impressive. The unit features a 7" WXGA screen, WiFi, BT 2.0+EDR, 1.3MP camera and biometric security. Asus engineers also told us that they are hoping for at least two hours of battery life with its first UMPC effort. Asus expects the R2H to retail for under $1,000 which would put it right in line with Samsung Q1, but far below the Sony VAIO UX50 and UX90.

Microsoft’s UMPC initiative has gotten off to a rocky start mainly due to limited big-name manufacturers releasing products and the high price of entry. When Microsoft first announced the handheld devices, they stated that prices would range from $600 to $1,000. Instead, we’ve been seeing products ranging from $1,000 for the Asus to $1,800 for the Sony VAIO UX90. Microsoft is hoping for better luck when “Vistagami” UMPCs are released next year, and hopefully prices will be more in line with what the company announced back in March.

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