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:
- 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
- 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.