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World's Smallest Notebook - Smaller Than a Netbook

The iKIT sports features such as Bluetooth, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 8GB SD card slot, 128MB ROM, 64MB SDRAM, 2.8-inch 260K color QVGA display, and a full sized QWERTY/AZERTY keyboard. The processing power is driven by a Marvell PXA270 at 312 MHz. The operating system is Linux based (2.4.19) with a proprietary GUI.

The included battery is a 1,050 mAh – Li-ion that is claimed to provide up to 250 hours of standby time and up to 3 hours of power-on time. Starting to sound and look a lot like specifications of a lower end Windows Mobile PocketPC device/phone – except this device lacks the actual cellular function. The lack of cellular function is somewhat disappointing since you would expect something like this to support a direct connectivity to the internet somehow, but the only options available are WiFi and Tethering to your current cellular device.

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The operating system includes all the typically expected applications such as Opera 4.1 Mini, an e-mail client that supports POP3/IMAP/SMTP, an IM client that supports multiple networks including MSN. The device is capable of syncing contacts and email from most versions of Outlook – up to 2000 records and up to 1000 events in the calendar. Playback of MP3, WAV and MIDI are supported via its built in 16mm mono speaker, through a mini-USB-based headphone adapter, or Bluetooth headphones. All popular picture formats are supported as well as most video formats – video playback at around 25fps provided the video resolution does not exceed 320 x 240 pixels and 16bit depth.

The specifications of this device are essentially that of a PocketPC Cellular device on the lower-end of the scale – so it is priced quite reasonably considering its hardware. The lack of built in cellular support is somewhat of a bummer, but not really a huge impact. With the advent of net-enabled phones such as the iPhone or the G1, this could be where many small devices converge.

Expected price tag is to be around US$170 – however no solid release date has been mentioned at this point in time.

  • This device seems like it would appeal to a pretty narrow market. Having to carry a phone in tandem with this thing, have separate batteries, accessories, etc. would be inconvenient. I have to imagine that most people would opt for a smartphone instead--with a 2 year service contract, most smartphones fall into this price range or below.
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  • Is this any smaller than the Pandora? The pandora has far superior specs from what I can see, and has gamepads and a touchscreen built in as well!
    http://www.openpandora.org/
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  • nebun
    i think that there is something that will do exactly what this little gadget does, it's called a smart phone. what a waste of money.
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  • neiroatopelcc
    This thing would be perfect as a 'universal remote' to your ihc based light and ventilation system, your mediapc running winamp's web based playlist and check your mail without booting your company laptop :)
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  • mr roboto
    Is ROM some sort of new memory standard? Maybe RAMBUS designed it specifically so they can sue you!
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  • neiroatopelcc
    Mr RobotoIs ROM some sort of new memory standard? Maybe RAMBUS designed it specifically so they can sue you!I hope you're joking! Anyway rom is the type of memory that you can't change. Typically it stores firmware for given electronics, or a copy of the base os on a pda, l3 switch or phone etc.
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  • your mediapc running winamp's web based playlist and check your mail without booting your company laptopwindows 7 key they can sue you!
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