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.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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