S-XGen handtop: 2003 design, 2007 price

The S-XGen UMPC wannabe by Seamless Wi-Fi made its first ripple in the handtop pond back in September and it’s set to make a notable splash at CES next week. Its flip-out keyboard design, reminiscent of the Samsung SPH-P9000, didn’t catch my eye back then because, frankly, isn’t it rather unattractive? Something about it looks cheap and outdated to me (more pics here).

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Well, a press release quickly eliminated any notion of "cheap" I had, as the 20GB, 256MB RAM, Windows CE 5.0 device is priced at $1400. It also has a 4-inch (470 x 280) TFT touch screen, Intel PXA 270 Xscale 520 MHz processor, webcam, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and triband GSM connectivity. Relatively standard stuff these days (though you don’t often see an ethernet port or 8-hour battery life), if you ask me.

Some might even call its specs substandard. And to them I would say that the S-XGen’s insides are actually a very nice match to its rebadged concept PDA outside. The design did win an award at CES in 2003, after all.

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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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