Shenzhen shows Windows CE "UMPCs" at CES

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Chinese company Shenzhen CDT ignored us as we perused their booth at the Hilton to check out the K-S600 and K-S800 devices that came up when I combed the CES exhibitor list for new UMPCs. The buyer placing a bulk order received both exhibitors’ full attention the entire time we were there, so we just took some photos, grabbed a product catalog, and left. I don’t know where the buyer is from, but I feel sorry for his customers: the build quality of both Windows CE devices that Shenzhen calls UMPCs is very poor.

K-S600

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The K-S600, or "Mini-UMPC," has a 4.3-inch 16:9 touchscreen and runs Windows CE 5.0 on a 266MHz ARM 926EJ processor and 128MB SDRAM.

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Companies that purchase up to 500 units can get the device for $128 apiece, which is actually quite an attractive price for a portable gadget with built-in 802.11b/g wi-fi connectivity, an SD card slot, between a 20GB and 120GB hard drive, and Skype support. Shenzhen will negotiate the cost with anyone buying between 501 and 1000 units.

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The K-S600 also features an integrated 1.3-megapixel camera.

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If it weren’t for the cheap plastic, the device wouldn’t be too bad as a PMP or low-end PDA.

K-S800

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The K-S800 is Shenzhen’s flagship "UMPC," boasting an 8-inch 800 x 600 touchscreen, GPS, DVB-T television receiver and DVR functions, and 40GB hard drive (up to 120GB available). A 400MHz AMD AU1200 processor keeps WinCE NET 5.0 humming along and provides enough power to watch DivX, XviD, and WMV videos.

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Due to its "premium" features, the K-S800 is more than twice the cost of the K-S600. Anyone interested in ordering several hundred pieces can expect to pay $310 for each.

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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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