Essentially the combination of a smartphone and netbook, Inventec’s Dr. Eye mobile internet device (MID) is a great example of the next big thing in technology.
The Dr. Eye MID features a full QWERTY keyboard, as well as an 800×480 resistive touchscreen, which gives users the option of typing on the screen or on the keyboard. The MID is powered by a 600MHz Marvell CPU and runs on the Android 2.1 operating system, and is equipped with a front-facing camera and a 3-hour battery.
Dr. Eye comes in three different models, which all have the same hardware but different connectivity options. The N18 model has only Wi-Fi capabilities, while the N23 model has CPRS connectivity, and the N31 model has full 3G capabilities. Pricing for the MIDs will range from around $350 for the N18 to just under $500 for the N31.
According to Inventec, they are not positioning Dr. Eye as an iPad competitor nor a consumer device necessarily. Their main market, at least for now, is mainland China, where they are targeting the education market, selling the MIDs to Chinese students who want to do video calls with American teachers in the United States. One of the company’s next steps might be to bring the device to the United States. There are rumors that they’d be up for doing that, if they can find an appropriate distributor.
Chinese computer manufacturer Hongrun Electronic is releasing a new mobile internet device (MID) to the market. The MID700 tablet will feature a 7″ screen with 800×480 resolution, 256MB of DDR2 RAM, and 2 GB of flash storage. It will be powered by an 800MHz Telechips TCC8901 chipset and run on Windows CE 6.0. Other features of the tablet include a mini USB port, an SD card slot, and an HDMI port. The MID700 is also able to support 1080p videos.
There’s no word about how long the device’s battery will last, and unfortunately the resistive touchscreen won’t provide the best experience that money can buy, but the MID700 also supports stylus input. At least it’s relatively small, portable, and somewhat cute. The tablet, pictured below, retails for roughly 980 Yuan, or about $145 U.S.
Viliv will be unveiling yet another mobile internet device during January’s Consumer Electronics Show. Earlier this year, Viliv launched the M5 MID, which is the same size as the newly released N5 but with a sliding keyboard. Just this week the company announced the release of its larger MID, the S10 Blade netbook boasting a larger 10-inch touchscreen display.
Now it’s the N5’s turn to shine. The N5 is much more compact that the S10 blade and has a clamshell design that features touchscreen capabilities. The MID also has a 4.8-inch screen, making it all the more portable.
Other features of the N5 include:
- QWERTY keyboard
- 3G Wifi capability
There has been no word on the price range of the Viliv N5 netbook. We will have to wait about two weeks to find out.
Via Engadget, image via SlashGear.