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MIU HDPC Packs Kitchen Sink into Portable Device

Zach Epstein
March 24th, 2008 at 10:41 AM

If you were asked on the spot to describe and sketch the perfect mobile device that accommodates all of your needs, wants and beyond, it would probably look absolutely nothing like MIU’s new HDPC. In terms of functionality however, MIU probably came pretty close to hitting the nail on the head. Its latest offering, dubbed HDPC (Hybrid Dual Portable Computer) is giant and ugly as sin but regardless of which handset you currently carry, the HDPC makes it looks like a barbie doll. Combining the functionality of a PC, PMP, mobile phone, GPS navigation device, electronic dictionary, eBook reader, IPTV, portable gaming device, digital camera and more, it would probably be much quicker for us to tell you what this beast doesn’t do. Instead, we’ll just try to cover some highlights:

  • Dual-OS: Windows XP and Windows CE 5.0 core or Linux Qplus
  • QWERTY keypad and joystick-mouse
  • 4-inch 800 x 480 resolution Samsung touchscreen display
  • 1.3-inch 30 GB or 60GB hard drive, or 4 GB SSD hard drive
  • Up to a 1GHz VIA C7M ULV processor and up to 4 GB DDR2 RAM
  • Cellular (presumably CDMA) / 802.11b/g / bluetooth 2.0
  • 3 or 5 megapixel camera with flash, secondary camera for video conferencing
  • 7 hours of battery life at high power (XP-booted?) and 90 hours at low power
  • 2 USB ports, A/V in & out, E-ant Port, mini SD slot, micro SD slot

Sure the HDPC needs its own zip code, but look at those specs! The device is expected to drop around July in the Korean market only, and will fetch around $500 for the base model. No word on the fully-loaded price or whether or not the HDPC will ever make it out of Korea, but stuff a quad-band GSM antenna in there with tri-band UMTS and we’re on the next flight to Incheon.


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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