Eking is launching a new handheld in the market after quite a while. The new E5 is an UMPC that will bring a nice looking device with a sliding form factor that is priced very much on the higher side. Before you have a look at the price, check out the specifications.
The Eking E5 comes with a 5-inches WSVGA display that is packed with 1024×600 pixels. The display is noted to be sourced from Sharp that can be tilted and slided down to open. Take a look at the picture below and you will understand. Other specs on this good looking UMPC include a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z515 processor, a 1GB DDR2 RAM, a SSD storage space of 16GB, a 3-megapixel camera and support for Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G connectivity. The Eking E5 is powered by a 2600mAh battery that can last for a reasonable length of time.
The device is going to be shipped directly from China and so expect the total price for those outside the Dragon country to hover around the $800 mark. That’s a lot, right?
If you have been following the UMPC space, you may be aware of the innovative, yet, ultra-expensive computers made by OQO. The company has been in the business of making ultra-mobile PCs for a long time though recession did hit it hard when the company folded back in May last year.
However, we have heard that the company is back on its knees and is working on a new OQO Model 3 UMPC. The technical specifications of this new device include a 4.8-inches 1024×600 pixel touchscreen display, a QWERTY slide-out keyboard, up to 2GB RAM, Intel GMA 500 graphics, and storage between 32GB and 128GB. The device also offers connectivity via USB ports, HDMI port and an expansion port for VGA/Ethernet connections.
It is not clear if the new OQO Model 3 will launch outside China though that will not make this device any more attractive, especially because of the price – a whopping $2000-$4800.
A few weeks back, I had written about an upcoming MID from Korean manufacturer Viliv named the N5. The device came with some interesting specs though we wondered if the rumored price of $500 was value for money.
So now the device has finally opened up for online pre-orders. As detailed by the manufacturer, Viliv N5 will come with a 4.8-inches capacitive touchscreen, 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor, 1GB RAM, 1.3-Megapixel camera and a 32GB SSD storage.
Additionally, there is an enhanced model that comes with integrated HSPA modem that also includes support for Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g and GPS.
So is this the device for you? Well, that will depend on how much you are willing to shell out for the UMPC. The basic model without the integrated HSPA modem will be available at a price of $649 while the enhanced Viliv phone is sold for $799. Not cheap at all. But if this is exactly something what you were looking for, go ahead and make your pre-order.
Sometimes, you have to think if UMPC (Ultra-Mobile PC) still have a market considering that smartphones have largely taken their place and seem to be offering many more specifications – including making phone calls and clicking pictures.
In fact, the popularity of smartphones have put even the future of relatively larger devices like netbooks under question. Add to this, the launch of tablet PCs that have fragmented the PC market further.
However, Korean manufacturer – Viliv, continues to roll out their line of UMPCs in the market. We have just heard specifications of the new Viliv N5 UMPC. The device is expected to launch in the stores next month at a price of close to $500. Now, is the cost attractive? No, I don’t think so. But here’s what you will get for the money
Processor : 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520
Platform : Windows 7 Starter
Display : 4.8-inch 1024 x 600 pixel resolution
Storage : 32GB SSD
Memory : 1GB DDR2 RAM
Camera : 1.3-megapixel camera
Connectivity : GPS, Wi-Fi HSPA/TD-SCDMA/EVDO/WiMAX connectivity
Optical joystick mouse
microSDHC card expansion
Up to 6-hours battery life