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.