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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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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.

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