FlipStart Micro Laptop Drawing Close to Release

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After years in development, the FlipStart 1.0 is nearing its debut. This will be a computer so small that it might tempt those who need more functionality that a handheld or smartphone can offer but don’t want to carry around a full-size laptop.

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This device will have the typical clamshell shape of a laptop, but will be 5.9 inches wide, 4.5 inches tall, and 1.6 inches thick and weigh just 1.8 pounds (with extended battery). It will be bigger and heaver than some of its competition, like the Sony Vaio UX180P or OQO’s model 02, but has a larger screen and keyboard.

In addition to its 5.6-inch, SVGA primary display, it will have a 1.9-inch external screen that can show information from Microsoft Outlook, including the user’s email, calendar, and contacts.

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The FlipStart 1.0 will use a 1.1 GHz Intel Pentium M processor to run Windows XP Professional, and Windows Vista Business will be available as an option. It will also sport an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator.

This PC will have 512 MB of RAM and a 30 GB hard drive.

For wireless connectivity, it will include Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth and the 3G cellular-wireless standard EV-DO.

It will also have two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, and a VGA port.

The FlipStart 1.0 is scheduled for release later this month, and it is expected to cost $2,000. More information is available on the FlipStart Labs web site.

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