DigiTimes is reporting that HTC is on track to announce an Intel MID with handset functions this year, putting it ahead of the second-generation Mobile Internet Device platform expected to launch in 2009 with calling capabilities as part of its standard feature set.
Both HTC’s mystery device and the second-gen MIDs will have their sights squarely set on the ARM-based platforms that have dominated the handset market for years. Not only will the x86-based MIDs perform better than their ARM counterparts, they’ll also be more competitively priced than first-generation MIDs. This sounds like a non sequitur, I know, but it actually makes sense. Because basically, what I think we’re looking at with these MID handsets is the power of an x86 device and the price of an ARM unit. Windows Mobile and Symbian could be in deep trouble . . .