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Photos: CeBIT day one

CeBIT 2007 gets ready to welcome the public and the pundits in a blaze of spring sunshine. ZDNet UK gets a sneak preview of what ASUS has to offer
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Springtime for CeBIT
CeBIT 2007 is kicking off in unprecedentedly clement weather for Hanover in mid-March — sunshine, gentle zephyrs, blossom on the trees. It's enough to put a spring in the collective step of the tech journalist pack as they tramp the 26 exhibition halls in search of news and photo/video opportunities.

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Ready, steady...
The exhibition halls are full of frantic last-minute activity, as stands are built, equipment installed and tested, and marketing spiels rehearsed. We shall return to NEC's stand once it's finished.

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Cars and notebooks
As is now traditional, ASUS has a sleek-looking Lamborghini prominently displayed on its stand — along with the latest models in its complementary line of notebook PCs.

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Military-grade notebook
ASUS is showing a military-grade Tablet PC. This IP54-compliant rugged notebook has a sunlight-readable swivelling 13.3-inch touch-screen, a backlit keyboard, integrated Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g), Bluetooth and GPS plus optional wireless WAN connectivity. It's powered by Intel's Core 2 Duo processor.

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SideShow notebook
The ASUS W5Fe has an auxiliary SideShow display that integrates with Windows Vista via Gadgets. The SideShow display can be activated independently of the main system, providing a shortcut to information such as appointments, phone numbers, addresses and email messages. It can also be used to view photos and play music.

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Another Ultra Mobile PC
We reviewed ASUS's R2H back in December 2006, and its successor (like the military-grade Tablet, currently without a model name) is here at CeBIT. This one is a convertible device, from clamshell to tablet, has a 7-inch 800x480-pixel TFT screen, includes a camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, and weighs just 950g. We'll be checking out more second-generation UMPCs later on, so we'll keep you posted.

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