MIUTech HDPC (MIU Phone) set to make its fifth debut in June, this time with Windows 7

Miu-hdpc-2011 Although it hasn't been in the headlines since last summer and many have probably written it off as vaporware long ago, the MIUTech HDPC (hybrid dual portable computer) is still alive and expected to be kicking at a show in Singapore sometime in June.

I've been told that the case design has been changed, so what you're looking at here (last summer's redesign) may not be exactly what's shown in a few months. Everything else, save for Windows 7 replacing XP on the computer side of things and a reduced weight of 9.98 ounces, looks to be the same as the last time we saw the device, with its two screens, two processors, two operating systems, and two keypads/boards all still in tow.

Here's a rundown of the specs:

Phone

  • CPU: ARM Core SoC (max 600MHz)
  • OS: Windows CE 5.0 Embedded
  • Display: 2.4" AMOLED (240 x 320)
  • Storage: 2GB NAND internal, microSD expansion
  • Camera: 5MP rear, 1.3MP front
  • Wireless: GPS, WiFi b/g, 3G, WiMAX/WiBro (option)
  • Ports: miniUSB
  • Talk time: Up to 11 hours

Computer

  • 1.6GHz Intel mobile CPU (previously identified as Atom Z530, may have been changed in latest version)
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Display: 4.8" TFT (1024 x 600), no touch panel
  • SSD: 32GB/64GB, microSD expansion – shared with phone
  • RAM: 1GB DDR2
  • Wireless: GPS, WiFi b/g, 3G, WiMAX/WiBro (option) – shared with phone
  • Ports: USB 2.0, HDMI, multi I/O, 3.5mm headphone
  • Other: Stereo speakers, trackpad, mouse buttons
  • Battery: 2800mAh lithium-polymer (up to 5 hours video playback)

Approximately 2,000 new design samples are scheduled to be ready by the end of this month for resellers and other interested parties who don't mind paying ~$750 per unit (depending on quantity). The final retail price is expected to be lower.

The HDPC has been around—in much uglier form—since 2006 and even though it still hasn't been released (and let's be honest, who knows if it ever will be), it's refreshing to know that MIUTech hasn't given up and is still hard at work. And if the device does make it onto the market at some point, at least it won't be the only one vying for the attention of those who want a handheld computer that runs a desktop OS and doubles as a phone. The AdvanceTC Magic W3 and ITG xpPhone are fighting for that space in your pocket too.

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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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4 thoughts on “MIUTech HDPC (MIU Phone) set to make its fifth debut in June, this time with Windows 7

  • Avatar of jake
    March 12, 2011 at 11:24 am
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    I’m only interested in this has a UMPC. If they can bring the price down to something I’d pay ($450-$600 depending on features) by completely removing the phone part then I’d buy it in a snap.

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  • Avatar of PoX
    March 18, 2011 at 11:21 pm
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    They should offer a model without phone. Just the UMPC for PowerPoint presentations. If it could run Mac then it would be perfect.

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  • Avatar of geruins
    May 18, 2011 at 2:48 am
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    fantastic!! i was waiting that for all my life, i very like all in one things.
    Why carry around 10000 devices: laptop, cell phone, and have a desktop at home? just when a MIO HDPC whit a AIPTEK mini projector and a CELLUON bluetooth laser projection keyboard work like that all in one?
    MIO HDPC also has an HDMI output that can be connected to a monitor!!

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  • Avatar of Jenisha
    September 19, 2012 at 5:45 am
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    I really like this phone and hope its around $300. ^-^ I don’t want anything too expensive. But this phone is better than the 2012 smartphones. :)

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