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ECS H70 UMPC

ECS EM-3535W Mobile TV

ECS EM-3511 Mobile TV

ECS EM-206 PMP

ECS EM-3560 GPSTV
Linux, AMD, PMPs and ... ECS?

DailyTech brought you news yesterday of Asustek's first stab at the burgeoning UMPC market with the R2. ECS also wants a piece of the action and had its H70 on display at Computex along with a few other surprises.

The H70 uses Intel's 915GMS chipset backed up with either an ULV voltage 900MHz Celeron or an ULV 1.0GHz Pentium M processor and features a 7" WVXGA (800x480) touch sensitive TFT LCD. The H70 also packs two USB 2.0 ports, 802.11b/g wireless connectivity, Bluetooth 1.2, a 4-in-1 flash media reader and a 1.3MP webcam.

ECS representatives are claiming the H70 will put out about 2 hours and 10 minutes of operation with the included 3-cell battery but the company is planning to offer a 6-cell battery which should double battery life. The H70 weighs in at just a little under 2lbs and, price-wise, will weigh down pockets with under $1000 of change which is much more acceptable than what we have been seeing in the ultra-mobile PC market.

ECS also had a few other devices to show off including a handful of portable media players which included optional or built-in digital TV tuners. They are all based on AMD's au1200 Alchemy processor which is designed for such applications as portable media players.

The EM-3535W features a 4-inch WQVGA screen with a 480x272 resolution. It features either a 10/12GB 1-inch hard drive for storage of media and also features an expansion slot for Secure Digital flash media for additional storage. Other connections include USB 2.0 for connectivity to other devices as well as the ability to dock to a cradle which has additional ports including TV-Out, Audio-Out, S-Video and Composite-Out connections, as well as component output to high-definition TVs.

The smaller EM-3511 Mobile TV features the same processor and connectivity features as the EM-3535W but includes 1GB of NAND storage capacity and a smaller 3.5-inch QVGA screen at a 320x240 resolution for a smaller package.

The EM-206 is even smaller with a 2-inch QVGA screen with a resolution of 213x200. It features the same storage options as the EM-3511 but also adds Bluetooth 1.2+A2DP connectivity for wireless streaming audio capabilities. The cradle for this model does not have component/video output. All of the devices we discussed feature a remote control and run on Linux variants.

And last but not least we came across ECS's GPSTV device, the EM-3560. This model features a 3.5-inch QVGA touch screen panel with a 320x240 resolution. The device does not have any onboard storage options but it does still feature SD card expansion and it does double as a GPS device along with maintaining digital TV features as the other models.

Digital broadcast television is mainly a non-US thing so it may be a while until those of us in the States see a device with an ATSC tuner. Pricing has not been released as it may take a while for these devices to hit the market.



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What's the Price?
By crystal clear on 6/7/2006 8:47:20 AM , Rating: 2
" Samsung Electronics America plans to change the processor in its Q1 Ultra Mobile PC, replacing a chip from Intel with one from Advanced Micro Devices".
The above is by itself a news item, thats needs to be discussed seperately.(Bad news for Intel).
Currently Samsung sells at $1100 aprox- their sales are weak
because of the price factor.The target being students& people on the move(business sector) plus home users.
Samsung is the first in the market & are quickly learning the realities of the market & adapting to the situation accordingly.
ECS & ASUSTEK have a tough road ahead,the only way they cut into the market is via Quality & Price.
Buyers ask a simple question -Whats the PRICE ?
The reply of this question decides everything-to put it in simple English.




RE: What's the Price?
By kibets on 6/7/2006 9:49:25 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't realize sales of the Q1 were weak, the first batch sold out in 1 day at Best Buy. I was one of the happy buyers. Of course a lower price will help sell additional units. It is really a great item!



Not new....
By Funksultan on 6/7/2006 9:09:30 AM , Rating: 1
Still no idea why I see so many new entries in this area.

The Zen Vision (not Vision-M) has been delivering great video for a while now on a 30 gig HD, 4" screen, and 640x480 resolution. At ~$350, I haven't seen anyone else come up with even a remotely competitive product. I love it.




RE: Not new....
By michael2k on 6/8/2006 5:31:41 PM , Rating: 2
Um, probably because the Vision isn't a perfect product and hasn't grown to eat up 80% of the market.

Things Creative COULD do to boost the product:
Simplify the software. Insert a DVD and rip 15 minutes later
Simplify the UI. Instead of 6 buttons and a joypad, they need a scrollbar, a play/pause button, a select button, next/back or forward/backward buttons, and a navigable UI. 4 buttons instead of 10.


Toshiba gigabeat S
By arod on 6/7/2006 10:05:55 AM , Rating: 2
The toshiba gigabeat s will be a very nice portable media center (mine arrives on friday). You cant beat 60 gigs of space in a device the same size as an ipod for under $350.




Where's the camera?
By mechwarrior1989 on 6/8/2006 11:59:52 PM , Rating: 2
In the picture of the UMPC I can't see the controls, let alone the camera. I'm assuming the controls are similar to the Q1 as I can barely make out an outline of them.




Neat idea
By shortylickens on 6/11/2006 2:53:22 PM , Rating: 2
These are some cool devices but they better keep the prices down. Otherwise they're no better than the current low-end laptops, mid-range PDA's and nifty Cell Phones we already have.




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