Malata ultra mobile notebooks with Intel and AMD inside

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China-based OEM Malata can’t seem to make up its mind about whether their series of ultra mobile notebooks can compete in today’s UMPC/netbook market. On the one hand, they’ve got four 1.6GHz Intel Atom netbooks with 8- to 10.2-inch screens, Linux and Windows XP options, and 80GB/120GB hard drives. Two even have ExpressCard slots.

On the other hand (and the reason I’m covering this despite my netbook ban), Malata also makes three mini notebooks (one has a PCMCIA slot) with 7- to 10.2-inch screens that are powered by the rather ancient 500MHz AMD Geode LX800 processor. The LX800, you may remember, was used in the original Kohjinsha SA1 and the Raon Digital Vega from 2006/2007.

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The fact that Malata is using the very current Atom N270 processor in their netbooks makes it clear that they’re not out of touch with the industry, so why are they still using the LX800 when AMD also makes the LX900 (found in the Raon Digital Everun) and Turion 64 X2 (found in the Everun Note)?

And what happened to the Computex-spotted 8.9-inch Malata netbook that was powered by AMD Sempron? If you take a look at the specs chart I put together below, you’ll see that the only 8.9-inch model is the PC-88903, which already has Atom inside it. What’s going on?


81002 81005 81007 87005 88002 88010 88903
Screen:
10.2"
1024×600
10.2"
1024×600
10.2"
1024×600
7"
800×480
8"
800×480
8"
800×480
8.9"
1024×600
CPU:
500MHz
LX800
1.6GHz
Atom
1.6GHz
Atom
500MHz
LX800
500MHz
LX800
1.6GHz
Atom
1.6GHz
Atom
RAM:
512MB
1GB
512MB
1GB
512MB
1GB
256MB
512MB
512MB
1GB
512MB
1GB
512MB
1GB
OS:
Linux
WinXP
Linux
WinXP
Linux
WinXP
Linux
WinXP
Linux
WinXP
Linux
WinXP
Linux
WinXP
Storage:
60GB 80GB
120GB
80GB
120GB
60GB 60GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
80GB
120GB
80GB
120GB
Wireless:
WiFi WiFi WiFi WiFi WiFi WiFi WiFi

Note: Solid state drives (SSDs) are indicated in bold.

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The only device of interest to Pocketables is the 7-inch PC-87005. The specs are horrid by today’s standards, but if the mini notebook had actually been released when the Geode LX800 was still being used in UMPCs, it could’ve been the first Eee PC. Back then, the only 7-inch laptop-style UMPC around was the Kohjinsha SA1 (and that was really a mini convertible, which isn’t the same thing).

If the LX800-based models had better CPUs, would you be interested in them? Given the excitement over the Everun Note, which shares a similar 7-inch form factor but has much better specs, my guess is yes.

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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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