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163m Smartbooks shipped by 2015 says ABI Research

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.

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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