Celio Corp. is selling enough Redfly Mobile Companion units to be able to drop the price on both versions of this smartphone accessory.
A post on the company's blog says:
Thanks to increased production volumes on the REDFLY Mobile Companion, we've been recently able to reduce the per-unit costs to make the REDFLY and we want to pass along the savings to our customers and retailers.
The Redfly C8N -- the version with an 8-inch display and a media port -- is now $250, a price drop of $50.
The Redfly C7, which has a 7-inch screen, is selling for $200. Previously, it was $230, but Celio often had specials bringing the cost down to the current one.
Both Redfly models can be found on Celio's website.
More about the Celio Redfly
Although at first glance this device resembles a subnotebook, the Redfly works completely differently. It serves as an accessory for a smartphone, and does not act as a stand-alone computer. Still, when working with a phone the pair function like a netbook.
When Celio's device is connected to a Windows Mobile phone, either by Bluetooth or USB, any application on the smartphone is shown on the Mobile Companion's 800-by-480-pixel (WVGA) display without modification or synchronization. The user is then able to interact with that application through a large keyboard and trackpad or mouse.
The C8N version can run for eight hours on a single charge, or some of its battery power can be transferred to the smartphone. The C7 has a five hour battery life.
The weight and screen size is different between the two new versions of the Redfly, but the overall size is the same: 9 inches wide, 6 inches deep, and 1 inch thick. Both versions use the same keyboard.
With the exception of the Media port that's only on the C8N, these devices have the same ports: two USB 2.0 and VGA Out.
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