80GB odd-i 7STAR looks like a UMPC

7starBut it isn’t. I’m a little disappointed, too, because it would’ve been kind of interesting in an unofficial UMPC sort of way. I say "unofficial" because the odd-i 7STAR runs on Windows CE 5.0 Core and is actually more of a carputer or supersized PDA than anything else.

Humor me for a bit, though, because in addition to the integrated GPS and FM transmitter, the 7STAR has a whopping 80GB hard drive, USB device and host ports, SD card slot, DMB tuner, AV in/out, and MS Office file viewer. It’s also a formidable portable media player, with native support of standard formats plus XviD and DivX (up to 720 x 480), OGG, and AC3.

The $740 device has a 7-inch display, measures 7.5 x 4.9 x 1.1 inches, and weighs 1.5 pounds. On the surface, then, it fits right in with at least the first crop of UMPCs. And if Windows CE were its only sticking point, I think I’d really lament its Korean exclusivity. Unfortunately, it has a few extra hurdles standing in its way. First, the 7-inch display is (brace yourself) QVGA, 480 x 234. Second, it uses the MagicEyes MMSP 2 processor (okay, I don’t really know what this means, but I’m fairly certain it isn’t good for handtops). And third, it has only 128MB SDRAM and 64MB NAND.

And you thought the LifeDrive wasn’t going to have a successor.

[odd-i via Engadget]
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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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