Digital Cube have made good on their promise to shrink down their first UMPC to the market from the over-sized booth model, and the result – called the G43 – is a dinky delight. You’ll need decent eyes, though; rather than the typical 7-inch display commonly found on its UMPC brethren the G43 goes for a squint-tastic 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 touch screen.
Inside, we knew it was an AMD Geode CPU and it turns out to be an LX800/900 running at 500MHz; that’s backed up with WiFi in ‘b’ and ‘g’ flavours, Bluetooth, either 30GB or 60GB of hard-drive space, innovative touch-pad for mousing on the right side, USB and a speaker-dock.
The pared back processor will limit it to XP or Linux – not Vista – but to my mind that won’t be the limiting factor. It’s that screen, falling in-between PDA and typical UMPC, that will make using XP Tablet Edition’s (surprisingly accurate) handwriting recognition features cramped and difficult. It’ll be interesting to see a comparative review between the G43 and the HTC Ameo.