Pioneer steals ultra mobile PC march

Pioneer steals ultra mobile PC march

Local PC builder, Pioneer, is launching what it claims to be Australia's first Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC).

Managing director, Jeff Li, said the DreamBook UMPC 700 - a tablet-style PC with a 7-inch screen - was the latest advance in bringing notebook power to a near PDA-sized device.

It is powered by a 1GHz Via chipset and comes with 512MB of memory, upgradeable to a maximum 1GB. It measures 228 x 146 x 25mm and weighs 850g. It runs on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.

Li was hoping to sell PC 700s to both the education and mobiles sales markets.

"In Japan, our supplier has already taken an order for 10,000 pieces," he claimed. "It's cute and convenient."

Li said Pioneer would launch an even smaller model, with a 5-inch screen, in two months. Other local builders contacted by ARN had no current plans to offer UMPCs.

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