The tablet market is gathering momentum, and AMtek has just announced all five of the models they'll be bringing to Computex next month. The slates range in processor prowess from a simple 800MHz Freescale chip, through NVIDIA's Tegra 2, and then into the realms of Intel's Menlow and Montevina platforms. Touchscreen technology, meanwhile, includes active digitizers and multitouch-capable capacitive screens.
We've seen plenty of netbooks coaxed into running the Windows 7 beta, and eventually doing so at a faster clip than Vista could ever manage, but how about a real challenge? The Amtek U560 UMPC was first demonstrated back in 2007, and uses an Intel A100 processor running at just 600MHz; it also only has 512MB of RAM. A tough prospect, but Windows 7 not only works but manages to give an Experience Index score of more than 1.
Video demo of the Amtek U560 running Windows 7 after the cut
We've not heard from AMtek's Tablet PC or UMPC departments in a while, but it looks like they've been busy in the meantime. Details of the T10L Touch have appeared on the company's website, and as with the T221 it's a mixture of UMPC and full-sized Tablet PC. On the outside there's a 10.2-inch XGA 1,024 x 600 touchscreen, which is larger than your standard UMPC, but inside there's a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor. Could this be the first real example of a netslate?
Tablet manufacturers AMtek were at CeBIT this year, flaunting their T200 iTablet. Warner Crocker and Hugo Ortega were quick to point out that the T200 is no spring chicken; in fact Hugo has had one - in the shape of the original TabletKiosk Sahara - for over two years. What's interesting (and, I suppose, CeBIT worthy to AMtek's mind) is that thanks to a recent bios update you can now upgrade the T200/Sahara to Vista, which was previously impossible. Never one to shy away from a challenge (or an opportunity to flaunt himself to the camera - looks like Kevin Tofel has some competition!) Hugo has filmed the full Vista upgrade:
To these naive eyes it looks like now that TabletKiosk have advanced the Sahara range AMtek (the manufacturer) is now free to market the T200 themselves. I told you I was naive; Hugo tells me AMtek have no plans to directly market the T200, and TabletKiosk remain the distributor and the people to contact if you're interested in getting your hands on one. Thanks for the tip-off, Hugo!
With a name like "iTablet" and a glistening white colour scheme, it's obvious which company AMtek is trying to provoke comparisons to with its latest Tablet PC. It's an old - and unimpressive - routine, and frankly they don't really need the name; it's an attractive unit in its own right. Anyway, associations aside, AMtek's latest runs XP not Vista and, according to their site at least, has an odd mix of decent and bland features.
Love 'em or hate 'em, it looks like UMPCs are here to stay. I'm yet to get my hands on one, but the behind-glass display models I've seen look pleasingly small. What's been lagging up until now, then, is power; that might just change, with AMtek's T770. Running Vista (which many upgrading enthusiasts have reported works far better on the UMPC format than XP Tablet Edition could manage), the dinky device has just had UK price and availability announced; read on for the kinda good news.
I bet a vein is pulsing on the forehead of Steve Jobs right now in Cupertino. Sure, he and Apple decided to call the long anticipated tablet launched this month the iPad rather than the iTablet, which had been rumored. I would be surprised if Apple doesn’t take offence to the new X2 tablet that has been unveiled.
Update: Several people have pointed out that this appears to be a rebadge of the AMtek T200 iTablet, first spotted back at CeBITin 2007. Check out our hands-on here.
Ultraportables with integrated optical drives are rare beasts - the netbook world only has one, for instance - and they usually carry a pretty high price premium. That was certainly the case when the VYE S41A first arrived, complete with its convertible 7-inch touchscreen, DVD burner and 800MHz Intel A110 processor: you were looking at around $1,500 when it first launched. Now, Expansys UK have it listed for just £449.99 ($661).
Nokia stole much of the limelight this week, with the announcement of the N97 touchscreen QWERTY smartphone. Set to take the crown as flagship N-series device when it hits the market next year, make sure to check out our video preview. Meanwhile, after a few relatively quiet weeks, netbooks and their desk-bound nettop cousins seized headlines, with the HP Mini 1000 getting integrated 3G, Sony's EVDO/HSPA-packing VAIO netbook peeking out courtesy of the FCC, and the first Qualcomm Snapdragon netbook showing its convertible tablet charms.