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.