Several new Intel MIDs showcased at IDF Beijing

This year's Intel Developer Forum in Beijing came and went without too many surprises. Last month's 2.0GHz Intel Atom Z550 processor news became official, devices that were previously known as UMPCs are still being called MIDs, and a couple of new MIDs were shown off for the first time.

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In the slide above, procured by jkkmobile, four of the sixteen MIDs are mostly new. In the top row, right corner, there's a slate from TechFaithWireless that no one seems to know anything about at the moment. In the middle row, the "Dragon" MID is the Embedded System Design unit first seen at CES. The most interesting devices are in the bottom row: one from BYD (second from left) and a clamshell convertible from NFS (right corner).

The BYD unit in the slide looks like the Venus MID from CES, but the MID garnering the most attention from the company is actually called the Mars, an XP-based clamshell with a phone on its back. It's the most interesting gadget of the lot (though not the first time we've seen an XP MID/smartphone combo), but considering the limited availability of Intel MIDs in general, holding out for the BYD Mars will most likely be futile.

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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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