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MID development slashed as manufacturer interest wanes?

Many have accused Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) as being gadgets in dire search of a purpose, and despite Intel’s push for the segment the talk out of Taipei is that the ultraportable touchscreen handhelds are having a difficult time finding traction among manufacturers.  DigiTimes is reporting that several companies originally signed up to Intel’s Mobile Internet Device Innovation Alliance (MIDIA) have axed MID development, while those manufacturers who have actually shipped devices have only done so in numbers described as “very weak”.

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BenQ reveals two CULV notebooks

BenQ has just announced they have or will be launching two CULV notebooks soon. These notebooks are the 13.3-inch Joybook S35 and the 14-inch Joybook S43, both of which sport the Consumer Ultra Low Voltage or CULV processor.

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BenQ V-series Eco displays announced

BenQ announced two brand new displays with LED-backlighting and a focus on the environment. They are a part of the V-series and are called the V2400 Eco and the V2200 Eco, which measure in at 24- and 21.5-inches, respectively.

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BenQ MK2442 LCD TV doubles as display

BenQ announced a new LCD TV today called the MK2442 and it can actually double as a computer display, if you wish. Measuring in at 23.6-inches, this TV sports 1080p and is generally nice to look at.

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BenQ JoyBook Lite U102 netbook gets video hands-on

BenQ JoyBook Lite U102 netbook gets video hands-on

If you're in the market for a new BenQ netbook, but you think the environment is just one big conspiracy theory, the JoyBook Lite U102 may be the machine for you.  Announced at the end of June, the U102 may not surprise with its spec-sheet - you're looking the usual Atom N270, 1GB of RAM and 160GB hard-drive - but open it up and there's quite a distinctive touchpad.  Check out NetbookNews's video hands-on after the cut.

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BenQ JoyBook Lite 121 Eco gets video hands-on

BenQ JoyBook Lite 121 Eco gets video hands-on

From an uninspired netbook to one which does at least buck the trend a little.  BenQ could be accused of leaping on the earth-friendly bandwagon with their JoyBook Lite 121 Eco, but if you've simply got to have a new ultraportable but would prefer to see some recycled materials in there then it's perhaps your only option.  Netbooknews caught up with the 121 Eco and shot a hands-on video.

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BenQ S6 MID gets Windows XP upgrade for Taiwan

BenQ S6 MID gets Windows XP upgrade for Taiwan

Old MIDs don't die; they get reborn with a new OS.  At least, that's what's going on with BenQ's S6: the 4.8-inch touchscreen handheld has been given a new lease of life by replacing its Midinux OS with Windows XP.  You'll have to be in Taiwan to buy it, though; carrier FarEasTone are offering the 3G-enabled S6 for $424 outright or free with a $57 per month three-year data contract.

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BenQ Joybook Lite U102 netbook released

BenQ announced their Joybook Lite U102 netbook today for release. This new netbook is really thin and compact, measuring in at under an inch thick and weighing only 2.3-pounds, making this an easy device to tote.

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BenQ Joybook Lite T131 AMD Yukon 13.3-inch ultraportable

BenQ Joybook Lite T131 AMD Yukon 13.3-inch ultraportable

BenQ have announced a new notebook, the 13.3-inch Joybook Lite T131.  Based on AMD's Yukon mobile platform, with an AMD Sempron 200U CPU, the T131 weighs just 1.8kg but still packs up to a 320GB hard-drive, 1280 x 800 display and six-cell 4,400mAh apparently good for 3hrs of use.

 

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 23 2009

We’ve had a busy week here at SlashGear, with news from two shows – games-expo E3 and Computex – together with the arrival of the Palm Pre.  The latter may have just a few days in the spotlight before Apple’s WWDC keynote on Monday, where we’re expecting to see a new iPhone unveiled, so get yourself up to speed with our Palm Pre review in advance of our WWDC live-blog at 10am PT tomorrow.

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BenQ planning Android netbook & smartphone for 2010

BenQ planning Android netbook & smartphone for 2010

BenQ have become the latest netbook manufacturer to throw their hat into the Android netbook ring, as well as confirming their plans to produce smartphones running the open-source OS.  The new hardware should arrive on the market sometime in 2010, though BenQ are keeping specification details for both netbook and smartphone close to their chest.

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BenQ JoyBook Lite U121 Eco announced

BenQ JoyBook Lite U121 Eco announced

BenQ revealed a new super-portable, super-light netbook called the JoyBook Lite U121 Eco today. This tiny PC measures in at just 11.6-inches and weighs only 2.9-pounds. However, don't let its light frame fool you.

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