Say hello to dmedia System’s new G400 WiMAX MID.
Details are still a little sketchy right now, but I have a general idea of what the device is about based on a couple of PDFs and some excessive googling. Depending on the processor, which may actually just be a SiRFprima (SoC with ARM11 core, 3D graphics acceleration, and video decoding), the G400 certainly has the potential to impress. In addition to a 3.8- or 4.3-inch touchscreen with an 800 x 480 resolution, the device packs integrated WiMAX, Bluetooth, HSPDA/WCDMA, GPS, a microSD card slot, and "robust feature-sets to enable bandwidth-intensive mobile multimedia applications, including NextWave’s MXtv mobile broadcast service, streaming video, video conferencing, and VoIP" (via PR-inside).
Oddly enough, the G400 was actually hiding in plain sight at the WiMAX Expo in Taipei this past summer. The fact that its scent wasn’t picked up by the UMPC/MID community back then leads me to wonder if the unit is really just a glorified PND taking advantage of an increasingly popular buzz word.
According to the information I have, the G400 measures 5.4" x 2.8" x 0.5" and weighs 7.1 ounces, which is definitely more in the range of a consumer internet device or PMP than a "real" (and by that, I mean Intel) MID. It also comes with a 1400mAh battery and can be outfitted with all manners of digital/mobile TV tuners.
The G400 is expected to launch in the first half of next year, though in what markets is anyone’s guess. The good news is that availability won’t remain a question mark for much longer, as dmedia is expected to show off the WiMAX MID at CES 2009.