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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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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.

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