Rugged Falcon UMPC to take off as GoBook MR-1

Gobook_mr1GD-Itronix revealed its codenamed 5.6"-screened Falcon UMPC today as the GoBook MR-1, a ruggedized FlipStart with an Intel Core Solo processor and 40GB hard drive designed specifically (and based on the price point, exclusively) for outdoor military use.

Equipped with the company’s Dynavue screen technology to improve readability in direct sunlight, the $4,450 MR-1 features a rubber casing and brushed aluminum cover and is expected to become available this September, which is actually a month behind schedule. PCMag reports that except for the CPU and storage capacity, the MR-1’s "features are consistent with the FlipStart, right down to the 2-pound frame." Ordinarily, that kind of statement would serve as confirmation of previous information, but the fact that the FlipStart is actually only 1.5 pounds (1.75 with the high-capacity battery) kind of makes me wonder.

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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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