Over a decade ago Japanese companies Sony and Toshiba pushed a unique gadget form into the Japanese market. The handheld PC was a full PC with a keyboard and finger controls, all designed to fit in one hand. This form factor never took off outside of Japan, but it's making a comeback in the WIN on Indiegogo.
Much has changed in the mobile space since then, with smartphones having compute power today that was only a dream back then. It's not clear how consumers will react to the WIN, even though the price point is low. The hardware looks much like those early models, but there's something inside that might make a difference.
The WIN runs Windows 10 which is designed to handle all types of hardware, the handheld form included. It might be enough to make some consumers give the WIN a serious look.
The WIN has a small keyboard, 5.5-inch display, a D-Pad control, and two integrated joysticks. This is designed to allow the WIN to handle games in addition to being a full Windows 10 PC. It's small but thick to fit all the components inside along with the microSD, microHDMI, and full USB 1.0 ports.
It runs on an Intel Atom Z8500 processor, with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of ROM. The 6,000mAh battery should keep it running for hours.
Early backers get a WIN for $299, and it is expected to ship in October 2016.