Sharp RD-PM10 multimedia e-dictionary sports MID-worthy design

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If it pains you to see a great design and lovely hardware "wasted" on a device that won't meet your MID/UMPC needs, then please look away while I introduce the others to Sharp's new RD-PM10 multimedia e-dictionary.

It isn't the first e-dictionary to feature a touchscreen that slides and tilts and it's missing the WiFi and Bluetooth radios of the Udea Expert 300W, but I would want one immediately if it were spec'd like the UMID mbook M1D with an Intel Atom CPU and full-blown Windows operating system.

Instead, the 5.5" x 3.1" x 1.0" device has TI's DaVinci TMS320DM6441 processor and Windows CE 5.0 Core along with 8GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, 4.3" WQVGA touchscreen (16M colors), FM radio, stereo speakers, 128 kinds of dictionary content, voice recorder, extensive codec support (XviD, DivX, OGG, etc.), and 3500mAh li-polymer battery.

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Actually, forget the CPU and OS. Pump up the screen resolution and throw in a WiFi module (and web browser), and I'd gladly pay the 360,000 KRW (~$288) Sharp is expected to charge for the 11.5-ounce RD-PM10.

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[Sharp Korea]
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