QiGi U1000 Smartbook is not actually a smartbook

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One of the more recent product categories to emerge is the smartbook, an offshoot of the popular netbook segment of devices that have a similar form factor, but are smaller, lighter, tend to run simpler embedded operating systems like Linux or Android, and are powered by ARM based chips such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon rather than x86 chips like the Atom. An example covered on Pocketables is the Sharp NetWalker PC-Z1.

Although QiGi has named its new product "smartbook," it is actually what most would call a MID. With a smaller 5-inch WVGA touch screen and running Windows Mobile 6.1, the QiGi U1000 is powered by a 624MHz Marvell PXA310 processor, has 256MB of RAM, a 3.2MP camera, GPS, WiFi, quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity, support for microSD (32GB), and a 1900mAH battery for 150 hours of standby and 200 minutes of talk time. The information indicates it is a fully functioning phone as well as a MID; like the C-Motech Mangrove, it is like a giant smartphone. The U1000 is currently available in China for 2280 yuan (about US$334).


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