Handy-PC Seeks to Bridge the Gap Between Laptops and PDAs

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ROAD (Remote Ofice Access Devices) plans to release a Linux-based cellular-wireless handheld. When available, the Handy-PC S101 will combine the features of a laptop, PDA, and smartphone.

It will use a clamshell design. When closed, users will see a numberpad and a small screen for displaying phone-releated data. Opening this device up will reveal a 640-by-240-pixel touchscreen and a 63-key QWERTY keyboard.

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The first Handy-PC will come with a suite of PIM software, as well as a web browser and email application. It will also include a suite of applications allowing users to view Microsoft Word and Excel files, as well documents in Adobe Acrobat format.

In addition, it will have audio and video players.

Wireless Options

ROAD intends for the S101 to be usable virtually anywhere, so it will give users numerous wireless options, like quad-band GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) with EDGE . This device will also include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It will be somewhat large for a mobile phone, so users will have the option of using both wired and wireless headsets.

Linux Inside

This device will run Linux (Kernel 2.6.x) and use Trolltech’s Qtopia graphic user interface. At the  S101’s heart will be a 400 MHz  Intel Xscale PXA 263 processor.

The S101 will include 64 MB of RAM and 64 MB of internal storage. An SD card slot will allow for additional storage.

ROAD has not announced when the Handy-PC S101 will be available, or what it will cost.

More information on this handheld can be found on its developer’s web site.

Not the First

When released, the S101 is going to face some touch competition. the Nokia 9300 uses a very similar form factor and includes many of the same features.

The 9300 has a couple of other advantages:, too; it’s from a company well-known around the world and is already on the market.

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