2.7 Pound Tablet with ATI Dedicated Video? Yup... (pics, specs)

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  1. Barry J. Doyle

    Barry J. Doyle Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    2.7 Pound Tablet with ATI Dedicated Video? Yup...

    It weighs 2.7 lbs. It is a full-featured convertible TabletComputer including no-nonsense wireless hardware (wi-fi, Bluetooth and tri-band cellular wireless GSM/GPRS/EDGE). This tinylittle machine packs a punch for such a small device with dedicated ATI graphics to boot!

    We are talking about Dialogue's Flybook Tablet Computer. We were lucky enough to catch some excellent photos of this machine's casingat the C3 Expo in NYC that we recently attended. Unfortunately, these display models were non-functional dummy units. We are of courseworkingtoobtain a live working machine at this time. For what it's worth, enjoy some close up shots of what could turn out to be an outstanding TabletComputer product.


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    Yes, it comes in different colors!


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    One hand is all that is needed to hold the tiny Flybook.


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    A little over two CD's in width


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    A reasonable keyboard


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    Yellow!


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    Slick...


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    But this is where the story gets interesting. on the left side of the device is the slot for your cellular provider's SIM card - very cool!


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    And, see that VGA out port on the back? With its ATI graphics (16MB dedicated), the tiny Flybook will support up to a 1800 x 1440 resolution on an external monitor.


    Full Specs:

    Wireless WAN
    - Built-in GPRS
    - Frequency : Tri Band ( 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz )
    - Antenna : Built-in
    Bluetooth

    - Built-in Bluetooth Version 1.1
    - Antenna : Built-in

    Wireless LAN(WiFi) - Built-in 802.11b Wireless LAN function
    - Antenna : Built-in
    Processor - Transmeta Crusoe TM-5800, clock rate:1GHz
    - 64K L1 Instruction Cache; 64K L1 Data Cache
    - 512K L2 Write-back Cache
    - Built-in NorthBridge to support DDR/SDR/PCI interface
    - LongRun Technology to extend Battery usage
    - Support full SMM(System Management Mode)
    Chipset - ALi 1535+
    Graphic Chipset - ATi Radeon Mobolity high performance low power chipset
    - Built-in 16MB VRAM
    - Support VGA-out and Video-out
    - Support DirectXR 9.0
    Main Memory - 512MB DDR
    BIOS and Flash - Phoenix FB BIOS/512KB
    Display - 8.9" wide-view 16:9 display
    - LTPS technology
    - 1024 x 600 (Wide-XGA) high resolutions
    - Highest color to 32-bit
    - Touch Panel overlaid for full screen touch control
    External Display

    - XGA (1024 x 768) (highest to 32-bit color)
    - SXGA (1280 1024)(highest to 32-bit color)
    - Highest resolutions to 1800 x 1440 (highest to 32-bit color)

    External Video - NTSC/PAL
    PC Card Interface - Support PCMCIA Cardbus Type-I/II
    Hard Disk - 2.5" Ultra DMA 66/100; 40 GB
    Wired connection - Built-in Modem (56K) (RJ-11)
    - Built-in LAN (10/100Mbps) (RJ-45)
    LED
    I/O - One mini-VGA
    - One Video-Out
    - Two USB 2.0
    - Two 1394 Firewire
    - One LAN (RJ-45)
    - One PSTN(RJ-11)
    - One PCMCIA Type-II Slot
    - One pair of earphone/Mic
    - Built-in WiFi antenna
    - Shared Bluetooth antenna
    - Built-in WAN antenna
    - One external wireless WAN antenna connection socket
    Audio - AC 97; built-in two speakers (stereo)
    Keyboard - 80-key standard keyboard
    Fast Keys - Two sets of Mouse Emulation buttons
    - Direction/Confirm Knob (Trackpoint)
    - Hot Keys
    Power - Support ACPI for Power On/Off, STR, STD and power management.
    Battery - 3-cell Li-Ion rechargeable battery
    - Built-in very-low cut-off/Overcharge/Over-Temp/Over-Current protection;
    - Fastest charging time : 2 hours;
    - User swappable
    Security - BIOS/Power On/Hard Disk user name and password
    Mechanical and
    Dimensions
    - Clam shell and tablet convertible styles
    - Landscape/Portrait display
    - Dimensions:235 x 155 x 31 (mm)
    - Weight around 1230g
    External Power - 100~240V / 50-60 Hz

    As we here more news about the Flybook, we will keep you updated...

    You can check out the Dialogue Products official Flybook site here:
    http://www.dialogue.com.tw/english-flybook/index.htm

    Barry

     
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  2. Brian

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    I got to play with these dummies a little bit too. THe keyboard actually wasn't bad for such a small device. The price is a little high though, starting at $2300. If you just have to have one, they are shipping from this site, currently the exclusive Flybook distributor.

    http://www.shop4tech.com/z/Tablet_PC/3_180
     
  3. Wholesomer

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    I don't get it. It got everything, dedicated ATI card, SIMS slot, BT, etc... but the wireless is 802.11b?

    - Built-in 802.11b Wireless LAN function

    With the asking price, they should at least use the Pentium M ULV.
     
  4. aba_mancom

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    Is this a new Flybook? Maybe a "real" tablet version (XP Tablet Edition)?
    I'm a little confused because i found reviews of a Flybook that looks very similar and has the same specs - but those reviews are one year old. [Review July 2004]
    And on their website only XP Home and Pro are mentioned - which is of course logical, because a touchscreen is mentioned, too.

    But on the other hand - if it were that same old Flybook: Why did you see only non-functional dummys?
     
  5. Crashless

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    Oh great, another tablet that I want...Crusoe though? Not very compelling on that front, but look at how tiny it is!

    I'm also curious as to why there were only non-functional models at the show when that site says they're shipping now?

    Seems strange to me...
     
  6. Barry J. Doyle

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    I am calling them today to straighten on the facts on:

    1. The OS (XP or XP Tablet PC Edition)?

    2. The Wireless (g or b/g)?
     
  7. Brian

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    The OS is Tablet PC, they confirmed that with me when we saw these units.
     
  8. Ant6n

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    Those flybooks have been around... so why does everybody say the thinkpad is the lightest convertible, anyway?

    And whats the point of dedicated video if there is only a transmeta with 1 GHz?
     
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    It's hard to consider the Flybook as a viable alternative given it's not sold anywhere other than one reseller with little US presense. It's not mainstream at all and won't get a serious look from Tablet PC buyers.
     
  10. Barry J. Doyle

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    The dedicated video in this model provides a nice high-resolution for display on external monitors. I think it's great that they pulled off the addition of dedicated graphics in such a "tiny" device.
     
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