World's Smallest Notebook - Smaller Than a Netbook


Heaven forbid your current netbook be considered too large. COMsciences IMOVIO takes it seriously when it comes to compact computing. Introducing the iKIT, measuring in at 0.6 x 2.6 x 3.7-inch and weighing in at a quarter of a pound. This thing is SMALL.

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.

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.