Portable tech on show at CeBIT

Portable tech on show at CeBIT

Summary: New hardware on show at CeBIT this year includes a Windows version of a low-power laptop and a notebook designed for airtravel

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  • The Flybook V5 from Tennessee-based Dialogue Technology Corp is one of the smallest Vista-capable laptops available (its manufacturers claim it is the smallest). The laptop weighs about 1,200g and is slightly larger than a sheet of A5 paper at 235mm x163mm.

    Within its 30mm-thick case it packs an Intel Core 2 Duo ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor running at 1.2GHz, 2GB of Ram that can be expanded to 4GB, and an 80GB hard drive. It has built-in Bluetooth and 802.11 a/b/g wireless networking, together with an HSDPA datacard and a 1.3 megapixel camera.

    The one feature it lacks is a mouse-pointer: that's because the 8.9-inch WXGA screen is touch-sensitive. Dialogue claims up to five hours battery life for the notebook. Prices range from $1,700 (£850) to $2,000.

  • The Flybook VM is, according to manufacturer Dialogue Technology Corp, the first laptop designed specifically for using on a plane.

    Dialogue chief executive Roland Pinto said the company designed the screen's hinge to allow the whole display to move forward when the person in front tips their seat back. The slender of wrist can type with their hands below the screen, he explained.

  • Asus is showing a version of the standard Eee PC running Microsoft Windows XP. The system has the same hardware as the 4GB models currently on sale. Asus representatives on the stand were unable to say what the Windows version costs.

    Elsewhere at the show, Asus is announcing a new Eee PC with revamped hardware, including an 8.9-inch screen.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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