VIA powers MTube handheld prototype

Mtube

Reportedly scheduled for production in 2009, Taiwan’s Science and Technology Advisory Group’s recently unveiled MTube prototype is shaping up to be an interesting cross between a fully connected PMP and a "handheld notebook" running Linux on a 1.0GHz VIA C7-M processor. If released in its current state, the 3.35" x 3.35" x 0.79" device will tip the scales at 5.3 ounces and feature a 2.8" VGA touchscreen, 8GB of internal flash memory, 4-hour battery life, and both wi-fi and WiMAX connectivity.   

Mtube_in_hand

The MTube is supposed to be able to "perform normal notebook functions," but 1) I don’t understand what that means and 2) I don’t see how it would be possible.

Mtube_gui

A 2.8" inch is generous for a DAP with video capabilities, but a bit on the small side for a full-fledged PMP and, frankly, quite silly for a "handheld notebook" or anything with web-browsing capabilities (where’s the browser icon?). And if the screen is touch-enabled, then the interface seems pretty unfriendly to fingertips. I’d like to see its input method. On-screen thumboard? Stylus-based hunt and peck?

I’m not sure the specs are going to cut it in 2009 either.

Interesting . . .

[UltraMobileLife | DigiTimes]
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