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163m Smartbooks shipped by 2015 says ABI Research

We’ve already seen ambitious smartbook predictions from ARM CEO Warren East, who suggested his company’s processors would grow to occupy 90-percent of the netbook segment, but now analysts ABI Research are throwing some extravagant figures around too.  They’ve predicted 163 million smartbooks shipping by 2015, though they’re not limiting their scope to just the QWERTY netbook-style hardware most commonly associated with the term.

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Neonode zForce Pad multitouch platform eyes 5-13 inch MIDs/Tablets

Neonode zForce Pad multitouch platform eyes 5-13 inch MIDs/Tablets

Neonode may not have made the splash they hoped for with their cellphone range, but they seem to be on something of a roll with their touchscreen platform.  Only a few weeks after the launch of their zBook budget ebook touchscreen range, the company have announced the zForce Pad platform, a range of low-cost widescreen touchscreen panels spanning 5- to 13-inches and intended for MID, tablet and other ultraportable devices.

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Moblic E7 WiMAX MID of mystery

Moblic E7 WiMAX MID of mystery

One of the best things about MWC 2010 is that you can come across completely unexpected devices quite by accident.  Moblic were discretely showing off their E7 WiMAX MID, with a sliding form-factor, QWERTY keyboard, 4-inch WVGA touchscreen and gaming controls.  According to Carrypad, people at the booth didn't know too much about the MID itself - even the identity of the 600MHz processor is a mystery.

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Sony Dash gets Netflix streaming

Sony Dash gets Netflix streaming

You might recall that cool personal internet viewer that Sony unveiled at CES last month called the Dash. I'm not convinced that there is a huge market for a dedicated device for browsing the web when you consider most of us can already do that with smartphones or notebooks. Still, the Dash is an interesting product.

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Aava Mobile Intel Moorestown MID hands-on

Aava Mobile Intel Moorestown MID hands-on

Intel brought along their second Moorestown-based MID to MWC 2010, made by Aava Mobile, and we grabbed a chance to try out both the Moblin and the Android versions.  No matter the OS, the hardware is the same: a considerable touchscreen, WiFi and 3G, along with the usual sensors - GPS, accelerometer, digital compass - and both front and rear facing cameras.

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Dell Mini 5 MID live video

Dell Mini 5 MID live video

Dell were playing the Mini 5 pretty close to their chest back at CES 2010, but the company was a little more open with the MID at MobileFocus this week.  We grabbed some hands-on time, and we have to say we're impressed; the Mini 5 makes the Archos 5 Internet Tablet feel clunky, and while it's just a little too large to be comfortably used as a smartphone, with full phone functionality you could certainly use it as such in a pinch.  Still, the Mini 5 really shines when it comes to media consumption and internet access.

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Symbian tablets & netbooks “very likely” in next 1-2 years

Symbian tablets & netbooks “very likely” in next 1-2 years

Symbian has gone open-source, and talk is now of what sort of devices we could see the OS turn up on.  According to Symbian Foundation chief executive Lee Williams, particularly likely are Symbian-based tablets; speaking with ZDNet UK, Williams revealed that the Foundation has had several inquiries from companies looking into tablet-style devices running ARM chipsets.

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UMID mbook M1 USB 2.0 mod

UMID mbook M1 USB 2.0 mod

One of the frustrations of UMID's first-gen mbook M1 was the absence of a standard USB port; instead you had to remember to carry an awkward adapter dongle.  The company addressed that with the mbook M2, but one owner of the original machine has taken matters into his own hands and added a USB port himself.

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Dell Mini 5 gets impromptu video demo by Michael Dell

Dell Mini 5 gets impromptu video demo by Michael Dell

When you run into Michael Dell, you understandably ask him what he's carrying in his pockets - after all, the Dell CEO is known for giving impromptu previews of upcoming devices - so it comes as little surprise that he whipped out the Dell Mini 5 MID for TechCrunch.  Rather worryingly, he also apparently confirmed its unsubsidized price: a whopping $1,098 pre-subsidy.

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Archos 7 Android tablet details surface in full

Archos 7 Android tablet details surface in full

If you have had your eye on an Android-powered MID, the Archos 7 has surfaced. The device is a larger version of the Archos 5 that has been around for a while. The new MID has a larger 7-inch color LCD touch screen than the Archos 5 sports.

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Cowon W2 MID spotted in wild

Cowon W2 MID spotted in wild

Cowon's W2 Windows 7 MID has finally been spotted in the wild, cavorting with a reasonably surprised looking model while in Korea.  Having been specified - and priced - earlier this month, AVING caught up with the 4.8-inch touchscreen tablet and grabbed some hands-on shots.

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Aigo N500 Maemo phone/MID hybrid hits China

Aigo N500 Maemo phone/MID hybrid hits China

Unless you're a MID addict you may not have heard of Aigo, but with the company actually having shipped products rather than merely flaunted concepts we're liable to give them a little extra rope.  That makes this new MID - the Aigo N500 - particularly interesting, since it runs Maemo just like the Nokia N900.

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