Opinions wanted on new mobile computing device

Drawing-board Seth, a member of the Pocketables Forum, is working with some friends to develop a new mobile computing device that would function as an all-in-one UMPC/MID, digital camera, and cell phone. After soliciting additional ideas in the forum, he's put together a set of preliminary specs and he'd like some feedback.

Take a look at the list below and tell him what you think. At the moment, the team is thinking of creating two versions of the unnamed device: a slate-style model and a "pro" model with a slide-out keyboard.

How would you change it? How much would you be willing to pay for it?

Specs (subject to change):

Proprietary OS, XP/Vista compatible
(dual boot or single OS)
1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540
64GB/128GB SSD, 60GB/120GB/240GB HDD
5" OLED capacitive touchscreen (1280 x 800)
haptic feedback, ambient light sensor,
external display support, sunlight optimization
WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS
3 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, flash
On-screen keyboard, handwriting recognition
(hardware keyboard on "pro" version)
2 PSP-style joysticks flanking display,
D-Pad, 4 function buttons, lock slider,
power switch, volume rocker
I/O Ports:
2 USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone, memory card,
power/dock/port replicator connector, SIM card
6.5" x 3.2" x .75" (slate-style)
6.5" x 3.2" x 1.0" (w/keyboard)
Battery Life:
5 hours continuous: WiFi/BT/GPS, used as UMPC
32 hours intermittent: 3G, used as cell phone
Extra battery (hot swappable)
Bluetooth headset and handset (to share SIM)
Carrying case w/keyboard and mouse
Carrying sleeve
High quality earbuds
Screen cleaning cloth
Unit care set (cleaning/maintenance supplies)
Power cord
Remote control
Game controllers
Dock w/ODD and extra battery charging station
Port expansion adapters
Wireless mouse and keyboard
Legal pad-sized wireless/wired external touchscreen
Laptop-like "dock" to slide device into for use as
conventional laptop (includes extended battery,
larger screen, speakers, ODD, extra hard drive, etc.)


  • Lay out PCB design (next 6-8 months)
  • Get body made (schematics already done)
  • Write software
  • Complete full Windows version (within 1.5 years, assuming funding continues)
  • Complete optimized OS version (within 2-3 years)
  • Get support from cell phone carriers
  • Start shipping worldwide (within 3-4 years)

The specs will be updated as technology advances, which it certainly will given the timeframe, but this is where things stand today. Target price point is under $500 subsidized, $900 max unsubsidized ($1000+ for pro version).

So what do you think? It's ambitious, to be sure, but I think I'd buy one on the spot.

Image from Comic Book Journal.

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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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