Data Evolution Corp. has announced plans to release the Clio NXT, an updated version of a device that skirts the line between handheld, laptop, and tablet.
Much of what makes these devices interesting is in their unusual design. Like its predecessor, the Clio NXT will sport a rotating screen that will allow it to either be used as a traditional laptop or as a tablet (see picture below). It will include both a nearly full-size keyboard and on-screen handwriting recognition.
The original Clio was released back in 1999, and a lot of progress in mobile hardware has been made since then. The next-generation Clio will have many features not available in the original, such as built-in Wi-Fi, a larger screen, a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor, industry-standard USB connectivity, and multiple memory card slots.
The first Clio had little or no multimedia capabilities, while the upcoming model will have an MP3 player and audio input/output ports.
The Clio NXT will run Microsoft’s Windows CE .NET 4.2 Professional operating system, while the original used Windows CE 3.11.
“In developing the NXT, we asked for, and enthusiastically received, input and comments from current Clio users ranging from large enterprises to road warriors to techies,” said Robert J. Sowah, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Data Evolution Corporation. “The final product is a compilation of that invaluable input. After all, who best to help design the next generation Clio than those most loyal to the product?”
Despite this announcement, Data Evolution has not yet revealed all the details on this new model, such has the amount of RAM this device will have, and if it will be larger than its predecessor.
The company expects to begin shipping the Clio NXT in early 2005 for an, as yet, undisclosed price.