Originally Posted by AzrealJG
Originally Posted by Felix Torres
The purpose of the WinHec prototypes is to highlight several new PC technologies to be available in early 07 Longhorn portables.
Some of the technologies coming to 07 PCs include:
- TabletPC functionality as a part of the baseline OS
- Flash ram (1Gb) caches as part of the HD to extend battery life
- 1.1 Ghz (or faster) ultra-low power Pentium M
- Instant on courtesy of flash ram hibernation
Any idea if it's a touch screen, or if uses the same wacom style stylus and screen sensor as current TabletPC's?
Wacom all the way.
That's the only way they can get the all-screen look.
Touch screens require anywhere from 1/4 inch to 1/2 bezels.
And the bigger the screen, the bigger the bezel.
As to resolution, I've seen no published results, but given the time frame and likely source (portable DVD players) I'm guessing its a 16 by 10 aspect ratio 1280 by 768 9 incher.
In fact, a couple years ago, MS fronted Toshiba a few hundred million bucks (aka, pocket money) to build super-hi res screen for ebook readers. This may be the result of that deal.
As for this kind of device replacing PDAs, yes and no.
There is this PDA myth that all PDAs have to be pocketable.
They don't have to.
The market is smaller for the larger form factors (Samsung Nexio, NEC MobilePro, etc) but those that need them swear by them.
Newtons were also in the 8" range too, so this form factor is quite viable.
Its worth remembering that zillions of folks have been carrying three-pound 8by6 paper planners for decades.
Cutting the weight by two thirds and the bulk by half and gaining a full-feature PC in return is a trade-off anybody would make.
That said, there is and likely will be room in the market for a full range of products in the sub-notebook arena, ranging from smart phones to full tablets.
What we now consider a PDA is likely to be mostly absorbed by imate Jam-class smart phones and portable media centers, except for blister-pack low-end loss-leaders like the Zires. (I for one am hoping *somebody* does a blister-pack PocketPC; they would certainly advance the ebook cause a great deal.)
The great question mark, I think, is whether there will be much room in the market for a premium, non-hd, pocketable computer. Whether it runs Windows Mobile, Windows embedded, or full Longhorn is irrelevant; the marketability will depend on differentiation of features and price and with a mini-tablet in the $800-1200 range and a Jam-class communicator in the $400 range the gap is pretty tight; lots of engineering needed to meet the size and function requirements, little pricing range to make a profit after building it.
Best guess? There will be a niche market for them but at a price closer to the original 3xxx-series iPaqs.