ASUS’ R50A UMPC has been delivered to the FCC and promptly stripped of all its dignity in the usual batch of open-casing photographs. The R50A is based on Intel’s Z520 Silverthorne 1.33GHz CPU and was first announced in November last year; as well as a 5.6-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen and choice of 8, 16 or 32GB SSD, there’s also 3G HSDPA, GPS and a optional DVB-T TV tuner card.
As usual the device manual is available at the FCC site. We spent a little hands-on time with the R50A at CeBIT 2008 and came away impressed; even Vista seemed to run smoothly on the UMPC.
The assumption now is that the R50A will launch imminently. However there is no word on pricing nor which markets the UMPC will be available in.