Asus T83 UMPC -- image courtesy Engadget
Asus shows off its T83 UMPC at CeBIT 2007

Asus is no stranger to the UMPC game. The company launched its R2H last year with a price tag under $1,000 USD. The R2H features a 900MHz Celeron M ULV processor, 768MB of DDR2 memory, 7" (800x480) LCD, 60GB hard drive, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi and GPS capabilities.

But seeing as how the tech industry doesn't stand still, Asus has seen fit to introduce a second generation UMPC to replace its R2H according to Engadget. The T83 unfortunately doesn't offer much in the term of performance upgrades, but does offer a few functional improvements.

The LCD is still 7” with a resolution of 800x480, HDD size has dropped to 30GB and the memory was cut by 256MB to 512MB. On the processor side of things, the 900MHz Celeron M ULV processor was replaced by a 1GHz Via C7-M processor. And despite the feature cuts, the T83 has managed to jump in weight from 1.83 pounds to 2.1 pounds.

Asus has, however, added a swiveling LCD housing to the mix along with a traditional (albeit small) QWERTY keyboard complete with trackpoint and two mouse buttons. Battery life has also been increased from a paltry 2 hours on the R2H to 6 hours with the T83.

The Asus T83 may be a hard sell, however, in light of the recent reveal of the Samsung Q1 Ultra. That 1.5 pound UMPC sports a split-QWERTY keyboard, 7" (1024x600) display, 800MHz Core 2 processor, 1GB of memory, 60GB hard drive, dual cameras, HSDPA and WiBRO.

The Asus T83 has a price advantage though as it is expected to retail for $900 USD to $1,000 USD while the Samsung Q1 Ultra is expected to come in at around $1,200 USD.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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