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Asus officially announces its UMPC

DailyTech first brought you word of the Asus R2H UMPC back in June at Computex. Since then, the R2H has received FCC approval and today the Asus has officially announced the device. The R2H will take on the likes of the Samsung Q1 and the Sony VAIO UX50/UX90 in the Windows-based handheld scene.

As a refresher, the Asus R2H features Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, a 7" WXGA screen, a 900MHz Celeron M ULV processor, 256MB DDR2 533MHz memory (expandable to 768MB), 1.8" 4200RPM HDD (available in capacities of 20GB, 30GB, 40GB or 60GB), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 802.11a/b/g, GPS, fingerprint reader, SD card reader and three USB 2.0 ports. All of this is packed into a 9.2" x 5.2" x 1.1" frame that weighs in at 1.8 pounds.

There is still, however, no word on pricing for the R2H. Asus officials have stated that they wanted to the device to retail for under $1,000 to be competitive. For comparison, Samsung's Q1 retails for $1,000 while Sony's VAIO UX can be had for around $1,600.

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No thanks.
By h0kiez on 8/25/2006 2:23:38 PM , Rating: 4
I think I'd rather have a 12" ultra-portable laptop even if it weren't cheaper.

RE: No thanks.
By Hare on 8/25/2006 2:46:34 PM , Rating: 2
You are not the only one. There are portable mediaplayers, PDAs and there are real tablet and notebooks PCs that are cheaper or at least better value and with better usability. I really wonder who they are marketing this to. Way too expansive for its limited use.

RE: No thanks.
By JY on 8/25/2006 4:20:15 PM , Rating: 3
The future soldier will need a small portable PC to run “Battlefield Management System" software. Paint it green, tough it up a bit and we will buy this in big numbers. To avoid extremely high development costs, the military tries to use COTS material as much as possible nowadays. Hey, we might even bring prices down for you guys ;-)

RE: No thanks.
By Doughboy on 8/25/2006 10:24:03 PM , Rating: 2
Heeeyyyyy, what are soldiers doing on the battlefield? Playing battlefield?
Maybe the Middle East Crisis can be settled in one big LAN party. No more loss of life.

RE: No thanks.
By MonkeyPaw on 8/27/2006 6:32:38 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, and if they put a Sony battery in it, it can double as an explosive.

This message will self destruct if you run on AC power....

There a LOT of possibilites for this...
By SiSiX on 8/26/2006 11:24:50 PM , Rating: 2
I can see a lot of uses for something like this. Doctors and nurses for one. Census takers, building / electrical / plumbing inspectors, police, fire marshalls, hazmat response crews. Put a cover over it and ruberize it and I can see a lot of use for it in industrial applications. All it takes is for some field to decide that they want to make a good application for in an run with it.

RE: There a LOT of possibilites for this...
By Hare on 8/27/2006 10:36:01 AM , Rating: 2
Still there are pocketPCs and PDAs that can do pretty much the same things for less $$$.

RE: There a LOT of possibilites for this...
By afkrotch on 8/28/2006 6:15:26 AM , Rating: 2
Show me a pocketPC or PDA that can run Office2k3, Bittorrent, every single type of video out there (avi, mkv, mp4, mpg, mpeg, mov, rm, etc), and run every single WinXP program out there.

I can guarantee you can't show me a single one. Doing pretty much the same thing, is not the same thing. You should probably rephrase your sentence to...

"Still, there are pocketPCs and PDAs that can do minute amount of the same things for less $$$."

Now an ultraportable can do the same thing for around the same cost, give or take a couple hundred dollars.

I can see these UMPCs in warehouses, connected to a usb scanner. They can walk around, scanning boxes, wirelessly transfering the updates to a server. They can also actively check the server database for items here and there. Each UMPC can be connected to like an IRC chan where workers can chat with each other, if small problems arise in the warehouse. Transferring items from one section to another can be done on the UMPC and they sign the documents on the UMPC.

This is where I mainly see the benefits of a UMPC over a pocketPC, PDA, or ultraportable notebook.

RE: There a LOT of possibilites for this...
By porkster on 8/28/2006 1:16:00 PM , Rating: 2
Well wouldn't you think all that required was a terminal device that merely imaged the screen on your Desktop computer? Other words your Desktop system wifi's the screen and sound whilst the terminal returns input data. This is while you walk around the house or office or even street's wifi access.

The terminal would only need minimal hardware and could then bring a low cost product to the mass market.

This UMPC is way too expensive for uptake. It's also restricted to XP and a narrow technological time frame.

By afkrotch on 8/28/2006 9:23:46 PM , Rating: 2
And the investment to create such an item probably would cost a whole lot more than what it cost to create the UMPC. The UMPC uses existing technology and existing software to create.

Also who's to say that the terminal device you are carrying around wouldn't be as powerful as a UMPC and just as costly. I mean, what is minimal hardware for a wireless terminal? 600 mhz Celeron M? Not to mention, would the terminal be able to run everything a UMPC does? We are talking touchscreens, fingerprint readers, webcams, etc.

By Soviet Robot on 8/27/2006 11:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
I hope they give them to census takers, so when they knock on my door I can kick them in the face and steal it.

It's not too bad
By JeffDM on 8/26/2006 12:49:33 AM , Rating: 2
It's about 30% lighter than the typical ultraportable, at 1.8lb, that's pretty darn light for what is a fully PC-compatible. I think most of the expense is going towards the ultra low power parts and it probably runs a lot cooler than the typical consumer notebook too.

RE: It's not too bad
By feelingshorter on 8/26/2006 9:46:20 AM , Rating: 2
Thats what i was thinking. I might rather buy this than a laptop. Even laptops with small screens arent cheap! Plus, this thing has GPS and is ultra compact. Much more compact than any laptop.

RE: It's not too bad
By thescreensavers on 8/26/2006 8:42:57 PM , Rating: 2
When that gets to a athlon 64 + cpu, 6800+ gpu and does not burn up and has a slid out keyboard and can plg into a monitor then ill get it.

RE: It's not too bad
By Lazarus Dark on 8/26/2006 11:35:04 PM , Rating: 2
i like this umpc. decent specs for the size, looks cool, light wieght. my laptop is 5+ years old and once i finish my new conroe desktop, i want to replace it. but all i need in a portable device is web surfing and the ability to use remote desktop to my pc and enough hard drive to carry my entire music collection and some vids wherever i go, especially in the car. so a umpc is perfect for what i want in a portable device with extra horsepower to spare.
only thing is i'll wait till this comes with vista first and maybe a dual core cpu, but so far this asus is the one i like most.

RE: It's not too bad
By feelingshorter on 8/28/2006 1:10:07 AM , Rating: 2
For those that dont know, the ASUS one has a built in keyboard, the Asus one that cost $1600 and not the one featured in this article. I played with it quite a bit at a local Fryz and I really do like it but the price tag was too hefty. Its just like windows xp with all the office programs and such on it. Things like AIM and perhaps even games shouldnt be a problem. The samsung umpc has a portable keyboard you can buy but that is a hassle and makes it less portable though. Dont confuse these machines as replacement PDAs/MP3 players/Portable Multimedia centers as thats what MP3 players that support videos are for. PDAs are for fun little games/mp3/videos all in one. The UMPC is all of that PLUS the ability to do microsoft word and such. You can argue that you cna do it on a PDA but I used to own a very nice palm and trying to type on that thing with a stylus doesnt cut it. Poeple dont write essays on a pda. You can do homework if you have one of these umpc.

Almost Perfect!
By FondueFred on 9/5/2006 5:29:07 PM , Rating: 2
Lots of folks write off tablets & UMPC's as useless, but I'm a big fan of the slate form factor . I love my tablet, but sometimes it's a bit too big. A full-powered UMPC with a pen interface is just the ticket, although the lack of pressure sensitivity is a real drag. I'll probably stick with my tablet for now.

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