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Mintpass dual-screen Android/Win 7 tablet tipped for 2011

Mintpass dual-screen Android/Win 7 tablet tipped for 2011

Mintpass still hasn't got around to delivering the 7-inch Android tablet they talked about back in 2009, but it seems they've already moved on to more interesting things. According to CNET Asia, the Korean company is working on a dual-screen clamshell tablet, similar in form-factor to the Toshiba Libretto W100, but dual-booting between Windows 7 and Android and launching in the first half of 2011.

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mintpass mintpad 7wise and WSketch MIDs tipped

mintpass mintpad 7wise and WSketch MIDs tipped

Rumors about Korean firm mintpass' next-gen models have been swirling since the company themselves tipped a bigger, potentially up to 7-inch touchscreen and all-metal construction.  Now two possible models have been identified by Moveplayer, who spotted the mintpad 7wise and mintpad WSketch listed on the company's website.

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mintpass mintpad finally gets general release

mintpass mintpad finally gets general release

It's been some time coming, but mintpass have finally seen their mintpad 2.86-inch touchscreen PMP and WiFi internet tablet arrive for general release.  The palm-sized mediaplayer boasts 4GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, together with a 1.3-megapixel camera, audio, video and picture playback, and an ebook reader.

mintpass Mint Frame bundles camera and display

mintpass Mint Frame bundles camera and display

When Korean firm mintpass aren't working on the mintpad MID, they're busy at the design-board sketching out concept prototypes for your minimalist home.  One of their most interesting designs - especially since they've talked about next-generation mintpads with larger displays - is the Mint Frame, a 7-inch touchscreen digital photo frame that not only displays pictures but, thanks to a 2-megapixel camera built into the back, takes them too.

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mintpass mintpad gets US distribution; on sale at Amazon

mintpass mintpad gets US distribution; on sale at Amazon

mintpass' palm-sized mintpad PMP and internet browser has gone on sale through Amazon at $169.99, courtesy of specialist importer JetAudio.  The availability follows a brief period of pre-sales directly from mintpass themselves, and - at least according to a statement made to Pocketables - seems to indicate that the company have partnered with JetAudio for their US distribution.

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mintpad v.2 may use Android, confirm mintpass

mintpad v.2 may use Android, confirm mintpass

The number of mintpass mintpad units in the US is still hugely limited, but that hasn't stopped the company from talking about what the next-gen model might bring.  We've already heard mutterings about larger touchscreens, GPS and even WiBro; now there's mention of Google's Android platform being used.

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mintpad MID first-impressions: surprisingly capable

mintpad MID first-impressions: surprisingly capable

We're still harboring a soft-spot for mintpass' mintpad MID, so it's relieving to hear that the first English-modified units are meeting with approval.  Pocketables shared their unboxing earlier this week, and now it's time for some first-impressions.  The mintpad's 1.3-megapixel camera is proving surprisingly capable, as is the browser (despite not being fully translated yet) and the QVGA screen may be small at 2.86-inches but it's still highly readable.

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mintpass mintpad MID gets unboxed

mintpass mintpad MID gets unboxed

After mintpass made a few pre-release mintpad MID units available to touchscreen-loving early adopters last week, the first English-language unboxing and hands-on for the 2.86-inch device is here.  We're entirely unsurprised to see that Jenn from Pocketables is first; she's already impressed with the build-quality of the WiFi-enabled mintpad, together with the range of accessories they include.

mintpad US/Euro launch delayed by web-render server [Updated with Video]

mintpad US/Euro launch delayed by web-render server [Updated with Video]

After mintpass' English-language site was updated to include the mintpad ultra-portable MID earlier this week, speculation began that a launch in the US and/or Europe was imminent.  SlashGear has been talking to mintpass as to the state of play, and it seems that while the mintpad hardware is basically ready for its English-language release, the thin-client UZard browser requires new server support.

Update: Video demo after the cut

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mintpass mintpad shows up on English site: launch imminent?

mintpass mintpad shows up on English site: launch imminent?

Korean company mintpass continue to tease with their ultra-compact mintpad MID, adding the "net-friendly MP3 player" to their English-language site.  A palm-sized PMP with integrated WiFi b/g, 1.3-megapixel camera and internet access, the mintpad measures just 78.2 x 63.8 x 15.2 mm and weighs a mere 90g.  It's been available in Korea since November last year.

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 21 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 21 2009

The SlashGear team have been surprisingly mobile this week, with part one of our Lincoln MKS road-test, and toting Sprint's version of the MiFi 2200 portable EVDO hotspot around.  We still found enough time to get frantically excited about the Palm Pre, though, which we now know will launch on June 6th for $199.99. 

That excitement is tempered with the ongoing rumors that stocks may be severely curtailed on launch day.  Not only have Best Buy and RadioShack insiders been talking of minimal handset numbers come June 6th, Sprint's own CEO is warning that the Pre will likely be in short supply for the first couple of months.  The concern is that all of Palm's momentum since CES back in January could fizzle out, as Apple are expected to announce a third-generation iPhone two days after the Pre's launch.

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mintpad 2.0 could have GPS/WiBro, bigger touchscreen

mintpad 2.0 could have GPS/WiBro, bigger touchscreen

The mintpad super-compact Internet Tablet may not have managed its US launch quite yet, but the Korean team behind it are already planning the follow-up model.  According to the latest interview with mintpass' CFO, options currently on the table for the mintpad 2.0 are integrated GPS and WiBro, as well as a touchscreen display anything up to 7-inches in size, and a metal housing.

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