W100 MID phone runs Windows Mobile 6.1


Since ARM-based Windows Mobile devices being called MIDs is a trend that clearly isn't going anywhere, I'll just go with it and introduce you to this 5.6" x 2.9" x 0.66" slate-style MID phone running WM 6.1on its 4.3" WVGA display.

It's called the W100 and is most likely the successor of what eventually became known as the Zhongyi S101, that Linux unit with the portable dock attachment. I heard something unconfirmed about a second-gen device a couple of days ago, so I recognized the company logo (the company, by the way, has never been officially named as Zhongyi) when my newshound presented the W100 to me yesterday and am going to assume that it's where those next-gen model rumors came from. It makes sense, really, as the W100 "one ups" the S101 with a slightly modified design and a small boost in some of its specs.

The new unit still makes use of the Marvell PXA310 processor, but this time it's clocked at 806MHz instead of 624MHz. It also has 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, tri-band GSM, 2600mAh battery, 3.2-megapixel rear camera, standard 3.5mm headphone jack, and miniUSB port. What it doesn't have, however, are 3G (GPRS/EDGE only) and the S101's 4GB SSD and dock attachment. Well, okay, so maybe the W100 is just the interim successor.

Thanks, Rah-Rah!

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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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