Clarion have been showing a new prototype of their MiND UMPC and GPS navigation device at Computex, complete with a fresh case design and various color options. The so-called “Mobile Internet Navigation Device” is based on a 5.2-inch WVGA 800 x 480 touchscreen and, back in January at least, Intel’s Menlow platform (comprising the Silverthorne processor and Poulsbo chipset). Functionality includes internet and messaging, GPS and Office access, shortcuts to YouTube and MySpace, and multimedia.
Based on Linux, the OS looks relatively finger-friendly but Clarion were still demonstrating it with a stylus. Connectivity includes WiFi and Bluetooth. It’s uncertain whether the hardware has changed from the previous versions, or if the only difference is in the new – and, to my eyes, less attractive – case shape.
Clarion will launch the MiND in the US later on this year, and in Europe in 2009, priced at around $700. They also intend a “Pro” version, which will integrate 3G WWAN for mobile internet access, although that model is yet to be priced.