I love me a good netbook. There’s nothing like a small computer that balances low price, a good sized keyboard and decent performance. I’ve been a bit less keen on UMPCs over the years, because a device with a high price tag, small screen, and no keyboard just doesn’t suit my needs. But two bits of news today have be wondering if the worlds of UMPCs and netbooks are moving a closer together.

First up, we have the new Amtek T10L UMPC, which sports a 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel touchscreen display, an Intel Atom N270 processor, an 80GB hard drive, and a 1.3MP webcam. In other words, it’d be pretty much par for the course for a netbook if it had a keyboard. There’s no word on the pricing or release date yet, but if you consider a keyboard optional, the Amtek T10L might be worth keeping an eye on.

In other news, Trigem plans to release a much smaller UMPC that I normally wouldn’t pay much attention to if it didn’t have one super-appealing feature: a low(ish) price tag. JkOnTheRun reports that the Lluon Mobbit is an Intel Atom powered handheld device with a 4.8 inch touchscreen, 1GB of RAM, a 30GB HDD or 16GB SSD, a TV tuner, 2MB camera, and support for WiMax or WiBro in addition to WiFi and Bluetooth. And it’ll cost less than $500. That’s the price Microsoft promised UMPCs would hit years ago, but many tablet style Ultra Mobile PCs on the market today will run you twice that much.

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3 replies on “Is it just me or are UMPCs starting to look a lot like netbooks?”

  1. My dell 9 with neoprene sleeve fits perfectly in the pockets of the two winter coats I am wearing this month (its a beautiful sunny day here in Montreal and at 2pm the wind chill factor hit -27Celsius) and it fits beautifully.

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  2. If it has an active screen, I´m getting one without a doubt. That´s exactly what I´ve been expecting since day one, an ultra-light, not warm, 10″ tablet.

    Without the active digitizer, 10″ may be a serious problem with vectoring. Any idea about that?


  3. Do MIDs even make sense anymore? The only MIDs I see that make sense are the iphone, G1, Blackberry and maybe the HTC touch pro. See a pattern here? They are all high end “smart phones”. What can a MID do that a smart phone can’t (except run Windows)?

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