If you've paid out for a high-speed WiMAX subscription, the last thing you want is to be stuck using it with just one device at a time. That's presumably the motivation behind the Clearwire CLEAR Spot Personal Hotspot, a battery-powered router intended to share your WiMAX hookup with nearby WiFi b/g devices.
The Samsung SWD-M100 WiMAX MID that we saw back at MWC has been prematurely named by the company's RSS feed. Now known to be the Samsung Mondi, the MID has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and 4G WiMAX access via the Clear network in the US.
Video overview of the Samsung SWD-M100 Mondi after the cut
MSI have brought their X-Slim X340 ultraportable along to CeBIT, and while the MacBook Air resemblance is obvious, the MSI does a better job of standing apart in black. Design cues aside, it's a slick machine, with a 13-inch 16:9 LED-backlit display and power consumption that, according to the manufacturer, is one-sixth that of other notebooks.
Details of UMID's roadmap have emerged, which indicate the company's upcoming M2 follow-up to the recently-launched UMID M1. According to a company proposal document, the UMID M2 will have a sub-3-inch display, and both HSPA and WiMAX connectivity, all in a slim, smartphone-style body.
It was at Intel's booth rather than Samsung's at Mobile World Congress where we got our hands on the Samsung SWD-M100 Mobile Internet Device, and while the unit they had to play with was mysteriously non-functional, the hardware is certainly promising. Hidden behind a 4.3-inch touchscreen there's a full slide-down QWERTY keyboard, together with WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and - its crowning glory - WiMAX.
Check out our hands-on video with the Samsung SWD-M100 MID after the cut
ASUS have announced an upcoming WiMAX-enabled Eee PC netbook, the ASUS Eee PC 1000HG, which will include both IEEE 802.16e and WAVE2 alongside WiFi a/b/g/n. The company has made no commitment to release dates, but it's part of their Anywhere Connectivity announcements this week at Mobile World Congress. ASUS have also been showing off several Eee PC models with integrated 3.5G wireless, using an Huawei EM770 WWAN module and Windows 7.
Nokia have axed their N810 WiMAX Edition Internet Tablet, and while the Finnish company did not state their reasons for its demise, a fair guess would be that it's due to the slower-than-expected spread of the WiMAX network itself. However, according to company spokesperson Laurie Armstrong, Nokia is not writing off WiMAX altogether.
Chinese firm EKING are apparently preparing to sell the M1 MID - previously advertized as the Wibrain M1 MID - complete with 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and GPS. The Mobile Internet Device, spotted in its new incarnation by Pocketables, is believed to have a 4.8-inch touchscreen display running at 1024 x 600; it doesn't skimp on connectivity options either, with EKING giving it WiMAX, HSDPA and a digital TV tuner.