Nurian Z1: Miniature clamshell iBook

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It’s being called an electronic dictionary, but the upcoming and tentatively named Nurian Z1 (what?) by Hannuri Biz (who?) looks more like a clamshell iBook to me.

Its operating system and other features don’t cry out "e-dictionary" either. The device runs Windows CE 5.0 Professional and has a 5-inch touch screen, wi-fi connectivity, and full QWERTY thumboard. Not exactly a UMPC, but certainly not just an e-dictionary! Additional specs on the little gadget are unknown, but you can at least see a few more pics at AVING USA. Hannuri Biz’s current product catalog (excluding accessories) ranges between about $136 and $544, so I’m assuming that this will be priced along those lines as well. Depending on the processor and the internal storage capacity, even $650 wouldn’t be too bad.

In any case, pricing isn’t the issue at this point. It’s availability. The Nurian Z1 is scheduled for a Korean launch in February 2007. Electronic dictionaries are actually all the rage in Asia, so if the media continues to slap the label on the Z1, I don’t think it will ever reach U.S. shores.

If it does, though, I hope it befriends an American-dream-chasing Samsung SPH-P9000 along the way.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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