BenQ will be officially presenting its MID Companion Device at CES 2008, hoping to rekindle any waning interest in the UMPC ultraportable tablet format with its pocketable internet browsing handheld. Based on Intel’s Menlow platform, and fully wirelessly capable thanks to both WiFi and 3.5G cellular broadband, the MID uses a Linux OS rather than something from Microsoft’s stable.
Image via Clipset / Check out a video of the BenQ MID after the cut
Check out this new notebook from BenQ, not only is it small and compact at 14.1-inches, but it also has an external 2.5” LCD for Vista SideShow use. There are also all the necessary controls to make use of the screen including a D-Pad, and a couple of other buttons as well as a lock switch to turn off the external display.
BENQ is going after P&S market with an ultra slim and compact digital camera. Measured at 12.5mm, thickness is not the only feature that makes it stand out; the DCS X-835 has 2.5” LCD, packed with an smc Pentax lens with 3x zoom. The 8 mega pixel CCD sensor supports 3:2 or 16:9 output sizes and has a high sensitivity up to ISO 6400 on movie mode and ISO 2000 for still image.
If you are looking for a all purposes LCD monitor for movie, gaming and web surfing. Look no further, BenQ is rolling out 4 new X series LCD monitors today. The BenQ x900 19” 1280×1024, x900w 19” 1440×900, x2000w 20” 1680×1050 and x2200w 22” 1680×1050 is optimized with BenQ’s exclusive PerfectMotion and Upgraded Senseye® Technology for ultimate gaming experiences. Two preset game modes, action and racing are designed for hardcore gamers with each address the display response accordingly. All 4 models loaded with D-sub/DVi-D inputs with HDCP support.
Its 14-inches in diameter, and is a “designer notebook” because of some cool laminate on the lid. Its all black (save for logos and the laminate) and the laminate is supposed to make the back look like an artsy version of a city-scape with points of light and blue status lights somehow re-enforcing that fact.
It does have one unique and cool feature, a keyboard shortcut that will make you a disk image to put on another storage medium, that feature is called QData Trove. The base specs of the system are a 1.8GHz C2D, half gig of RAM, 80GB of hard drive space, and a DVD/CD-RW drive.
Do you ever have a great idea that, when you actually act on it, doesn’t seem like such a great idea anymore? I’m thinking that’s the case with this new SL98 prototype phone from BenQ Siemens.
When I think BenQ, the first thing that pops into my mind is the DVD burner in my PC, as it happens to be made by them. I also think of monitors, since I’ve seen those as well, but a digital camera never comes to mind. However, they do make digital cameras, and they’re not half bad.
If you judge a platform by the number of manufacturers jumping onto it, then the UMPC is going from strength to strength. Samsung’s Q2 has made bloggers in and outside of the Tablet fanbase giddy, and now it’s being reported that BenQ are planning to release a UMPC before the end of the year.
Traditionally known for their handsets and smartphones, the UMPC would be marketed through existing IT and handset channels. Other than that, no details are known.
Anyone familiar with semi-recent smartphone news will remember the Benq P50. Announced in 2004 as a competitor to Sony Ericsson’s P-series and the Palm Treos that had begun sweeping the business world, it was two years before the much-awaited handset hit shelves… only to be hopelessly under powered and sub-spec’d compared to a field full of alternatives that had moved on in leaps and bounds. Let’s hope that Benq don’t make the same mistakes with the new P51, FCC documentation of which has been unearthed, and which is obviously an attempt by the manufacturer to bring the smartphone back up to date; the most notable addition is GPS.
To be announced soon, the first 24-inch desktop LCD that will sport HDMI compatibility. BenQ FP241W will be HD ready with resolution of 1920 X 1200, and amazing contrast ratio of 1000:1 and brightness ration of 500cd/m2. I can’t wait until it arrive to North America!
BenQ press release (in Japanese)
Thanks to our compatriots over at the Gizmodo, we have some new details on Microsoft’s upcoming Zune media player, including what to expect and which details are really just fantasy. As you know by now (and if you don’t, come out from underneath that rock of yours), Microsoft’s Zune media player is looking to take the iPod head-on for music/video player supremacy. Unlike other competitors that are trying to go head-to-head with the same feature set as the iPod, Microsoft is taking their player in a completely different direction, trying to outmaneuver the iPod with features lacking from Apple’s players.