iKit by iMovio – What is exactly? A netbook or a sibling to the handheld?

According to iKit’s website, it is”Think of the iKIT as a mini laptop without the complexity. It’s built like a laptop with a rugged processor and Linux based operating system, but that’s where the comparison ends.

It’s the ideal chat, email and internet accessory because it contains all the essentials without the size and cost. With several key multimedia features like music and video as well a video camera for VoIP video conferencing and you have the ultimate mobile-communicator.”

This device reminds of the Sony UX50 handheld device, which was released 5 years ago. Specifications are also quite same. The only two difference I see is the use of Linux OS and cheaper price. UX50 retailed at around $650 at that time. Sure, this won’t cost that much as time and technology has changed a lot. It is planned to be launched at Q3 of 2009. I would love to get my hands on one of these though to see how well the linux runs on it

Full Specifications

Processor Marvell PXA270 312MHz
Operating System Linux 2.4.19
User Interface GUI : Proprietary plus Trolltech QT/E 2.3.8

Display Icons / Indicators
– Battery signal strength
– WiFi active/inactive/level
– Bluetooth® active/inactive
– Date & time

Home screen: 8 icons
– Email, launches Email application
– IM launches Instant Messaging application
– Web browser, launches browser application
– Contacts, launches A-Z listing contacts
– Multimedia, open 2nd level icon screen with
icons for, Video player, Music Player, File manager
– Wireless, open 2nd level icon screen with icons for
BT, WiFi
– iKIT, open 2nd level icon screen for Display settings,
Date & Time, Sound settings
– Utilities, Open 2nd level icon screen with icons
for PC Sync

– QWERTY/AZERTY + numeric keys, other
languages optional
– 2 soft keys, 5 quick access keys, multi directional
key, power on/off key, volume up/down key
– Backlight: White

– 16 mm built-in, monophonic

Memory Internal
– ROM : 128 MB, RAM : 64 MB SDRAM
– User  data : 12MB, User media files : 23MB

Memory External
– Micro SD (up to 8GB)

– 2.8 inch QVGA, TFT, 260 000 colors, landscape

– 0.3 MP fixed focus camera (Option)
– Viewfinder: 15 fps, 16-bit color depth
– Image format: JPEG, fine and standard
compression, user selectable
– Digital zoom: Up to 3X smooth digital zoom with
7 steps
– Effects: Color, black & white, negative, sepia
– Capture time: less than 2 seconds to return to
viewfinder mode after shuttered

– Built-in for use as an alert

– 95 mm (L) x 65 mm (W) x 15.5 mm (H)

– 113 g (with battery)

Form factor
– Clamshell

– Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR, supports wireless
stereo headset
– (A2DP) & DUN profile
– WIFI® IEEE 802.11 b/g

– Mini-USB 1.1 used for charging, PC data exchange
and wired stereo headset.

– Web browser Opera Mini 4.1

– JTWI / JSR75 compliant

Email Protocols

Instant Messaging
– Support MSN

Audio Formats
– MIDI, WAV and MP3

Image Formats

Video Formats
– 3GP, MP4 and AVI format, Maximum size
– 25 fps video playback for QVGA size video
– Support full-screen display

Contact List
– Maximum 2 000 records

– Maximum 1 000 events

PC Sync

– With Outlook 2000/2003 & Outlook Express v6
(emails, contacts, calendar)

Personal Features
– Calculator
– Media folder
– Notepad
– World clock
– Alarm clock
– Stop Watch
– Countdown Timer

– 1050 mAh, Li-ion
– Standby Time; up to 250h
– Power-up Time; up to 3h (25% data download
per hour)
– Gaming Time; up to 4h (java game)
– Charging time: 2.5-3.5 hr to full charge from flat
with device power off

– Velvet Black, Satin White – other colours available
to order

Box Contents
– iKIT
– Battery
– Mini USB / USB cable
– USB stereo earpiece
– Charger
– User guide and CD

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