Shortly after receiving confirmation from Raon Digital that its second-generation Vega handtop (commonly referred to as the Vega2 or Vega II) was scheduled for release this year, I asked the Korean company to add me to their mailing list. I’ve been added to such lists before and have usually been miffed at the results, but not so this time. Not at all. Because appearing in my inbox very early yesterday morning (3:09 am, if you’re curious) was a 7-page PDF formally introducing the Everun . . . a whole family of them! The first thing I did, after scratching my head at the curious-looking chicklet keypad on the right, was compare the official specs to the supposedly leaked set. The verdict?
Not completely out of left field. Certainly not fully accurate, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call "jennifer" a flat-out liar. According to her, the "Vega2" would be 0.98-inches thick (check!), have a 60GB hard drive (check!), and a 7-hour standard battery life (check!). She was way off with everything else, but what she did know (or what she got lucky guessing) was better than what I could’ve come up with.
|Everun STD||Everun Lite|
|60GB HDD||6GB SSD||30GB HDD||6GB SSD|
|OS||Windows XP Home|
|Wireless||802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, WWAN (HSDPA/WiBro) option|
|Display||4.8" WVGA TFT touchscreen (800 x 480, 16.7M colors)|
|Ports||USB 2.0, USB host, DC-in, microphone, headphone, dock|
|Size||6.69" x 3.27" x 0.98"|
|Weight||1.10 lbs.||1.08 lbs.||1.01 lbs.||1.08 lbs.||1.01 lbs|
Note: Specs last updated 12/07
Firm pricing hasn’t been announced for any of the models but resellers are estimating a $600 to $900 range, which by current standards is pretty exceptional. All units are bundled with a standard battery, power adapter and cable, VGA adapter cable, stylus, cloth carrying case, and hand strap. Accessories such as an extended battery (good for an astonishing 12 hours!), docking station, car dock, and USB-based GPS and DMB modules exclusively for Korea will be available separately.
I’m not completely sold on the keyboard type/placement right now, but I’m definitely intrigued enough by the optical mouse, automatic screen-rotation feature, and general design to want to get my hands on a unit.