Redfly Mobile Companion size comparisons

Look at this! It’s a genuine Redfly Mobile Companion . . . life-size cutout.

Redfly

The Redfly is similar to but not quite as capable as the Palm Foleo that never was. I passed on talking about its formal launch at CES 2008 because I try to stick to devices with 7-inch or smaller displays around here. I’ve broken my self-imposed rule before, though, so I decided to sift through my leftover CES content today after both turn_self_off and James of jkOnTheRun brought up the 8-inch clamshell separately.

Since the Redfly isn’t due out for another few months (March, according to the press release), a life-size cutout and a couple of CES pics are all I have to show you at the moment. To make it a bit more interesting, I’ve also included a full set of specs and a round of size comparisons.

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Systems Specifications

According to the press materials I picked up at Digital Experience, the Redfly Mobile Companion (model number C8) will have the following specs when released.

Size:
9 x 6 x 1 inches
Weight: 2 pounds
Display: 8 inches
800 x 480 display and VGA output resolutions
Keyboard: 8.3-inch 80-key QWERTY keyboard
Touchpad measures 1 x 2.9 inches
OS
Compatibility:
Windows Mobile 5.0 (Pocket PC and Standard)
Windows Mobile 6.0 (Professional and Standard)
More operating system compatibility TBA
Wireless: Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
I/O Ports: VGA port, two USB 2.0 ports, AC power connector
Battery: 4500mAh lithium polymer
Up to 8 hours runtime under "normal use" via USB
Other Features: Connects to smartphones via USB or Bluetooth
Charges smartphones through USB connection
Compatible with standard USB flash drives, USB mice,
     and USB keyboards

The Redfly’s Smartphone Interface System "wirelessly extends the smartphone to a larger display, full keyboard, mouse, and USB ports. Any application on the smartphone is shown instantly on the new display without modification or synchronization." The system is made up of two components: Redfly Software (installed on the phone) and Redfly Graphics Engine, which "renders the video on the new display with an accelerated input/output architecture."

Redfly Live Shots

I didn’t visit Celio’s actual CES booth, but I did see them at Digital Experience the night before the show.

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The company rep I spoke to was very enthusiastic and friendly. He even cleared a space for us to snap a few pictures.

Redfly Size Comparisons

Here’s the Redfly cutout, which bears the actual dimensions (excluding thickness) of the real device, next to a handful of devices and other items to give you an idea of its size.

AT&T Tilt (HTC TyTN II) & HTC Advantage X7501

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Fujitsu LifeBook U810

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iGo Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard

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Sony Vaio TZ Notebook

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Pepper Pad 3

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U.S. Dollar

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Trust me. You’re not the only one who can’t believe I took this many pictures of a piece of cardboard.

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I don’t have any interest in this device for myself, so this might be the one and only time you read it about here.

The RedflyMobile Companion will be available directly from Celio Corp for $499 MSRP.

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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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