Mobile Tech News – Dell UMPCs, Improved displays, Blackberry Connect for Palm

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Reports: Dell planning to market UMPC

Take this with a large grain of salt. A couple of UMPC enthusiast sites–can you have enthusiast sites when the product isn’t even out yet?–are reporting that Dell is in talks with Intel and/or various ODMs to build an ultra-mobile PC under the Dell brand.

I’m dubious about this for several reasons. One, Dell has shown no interest in trying to enter either the tablet PC or the UMPC market. Two, the company’s entire business strategy involves coming into a market after it’s shaken down a little, and I don’t see an upside for them in gambling on an unstable market like UMPCs. And three, current UMPC technology doesn’t suit Dell’s commoditized mass-market approach.


NEC claims new displays brighter, vivid in sunlight

If NEC’s current project pans out, the days of LCDs being washed out in sunlight may be drawing to a close. The company has announced that starting in June, they’ll be shipping samples of a new type of LCD. Built using amorphous silicon technology, the 3.5 inch QVGA screen has a higher brightness, and higher ambient reflectivity, than existing displays. The new screen claims to provide a clear and vivid display even outdoors and in other environments with high ambient light.


Blackberry Connect for Palm actually in use

It’s about time. The Blackberry Connect client for Palm OS was overdue, edging towards vaporware at the beginning of 2005. Now, over 18 months after it was first annouced, it’s actually being deployed by someone. Just not anywhere that you’re ever likely to get ahold of it. SingTel, a cellular carrier in Singapore, has officially rolled out the Treo 650 complete with Blackberry Connect, allowing users to receive push email, sync calendar, and permitting Blackberry-style remote management.


Pricing details on DualCor cPC

Been looking forward to DualCor’s cPC, the brickphone that runs both Windows Mobile 5 and Windows XP? You’re going to have to pay a bit more than you might have thought. While the device is priced at $1500 for corporate orders, individuals wanting to buy one will have to fork over a full $2000, putting an added kick in this already niche-bound product.



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