Although I am beginning to accept that mobile device categories will never be concretely defined or correctly used across the board, I can’t help but wonder whether a Windows operating system and faster CPU are truly all it takes for an Intel MID to become a UMPC. Originally, Intel MIDs were "supposed to" have 800MHz Atom Z500 processors, Linux OSs, and small (4GB/8GB) flash drives. That "rule" was broken when the UMID MID came along last month, and today it got trampled by Korea-based TG’s Lluon Mobbit, a 13.2-ounce slate featuring a 1.33GHz Atom Z520 CPU, Windows XP Home, 30GB hard drive (16GB SSD option), and 4.8-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen.
If it weren’t for the use of the MID term on TG’s website, I would’ve taken one look at the 6.5" x 3.5" x 0.8" device and pointed at it in court when asked to identify all the UMPCs in the room.
Whether a mobile device is technically a MID or a UMPC doesn’t really matter, of course, but I was a publications and copy editor in my pre-Pocketables life, so I’ve taken the Stickler Oath and am big on correctness.
I mean, despite the finger-friendly UI that sits on top of XP and looks like this:
Just press the Windows icon and voila!
You’re looking at plain ole Windows XP.
Anyway, MID or UMPC, the Lluon Mobbit is unlikely to see a release outside of Korea. And if it does, look for it under TG’s global brand, Averatec.
More details on the TG Lluon Mobbit in Pocketables Products.[Akihabara News|UMPCPortal]