After the video breakdown of aigo’s P8860 Mobile Internet Device showed there was plenty of space for slotting in some onboard 3.5G WWAN capabilities, it was only a matter of time until the compact touchscreen device had some HSDPA poured into it. jkkmobile – who has already added 3G and touchscreens to a variety of ultraportables – has done just that.
Video demo of the HSDPA-enabled aigo P8860 after the cut
The P8860 required not only a torn-apart Novatel modem, but a freshly soldered Mini PCI-E port and SIM slot. The antenna also needed to be fitted in there. It’s not such a squeeze, though; there’s still space for the next hack, which could either be a super-speedy USB flash memory drive or maybe a fingerprint reader.
While the aigo P8860 launched in Hong Kong had a factory-fit 3G option, the model currently on sale through the worldwide distributors seemingly does not offer it. Considering how chunky most USB 3G modems are, integrating it inside the casing – especially if there’s the space for it – makes much more sense. Unless, that is, you prize your warranty.