18th November 2007

FIC & Everex to launch UMPC similar to Asus Eee PC

posted by Eric C. in Laptops/ Computers |

FIC will soon be launching the CE260, a new ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) that will be available through FIC’s PC brand Everex. They are also offering the CE260 to their OEM partners, so expect it or slightly changed models to be available up under other brands as well. The CE260 features a Via C7R-M Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) 1.2GHz CPU, Via VX700 chipset, up to 1GB DDR2-533 SoDIMM and a 7″ WVGA LCD touchscreen. It will also feature a DVI port, 4-in-1 card reader, 10/100 ethernet, and 802.11B/G wireless. One thing that makes it stand out from the Eee PC is that FIC has chosen to use a 1.8″ hard drive rather than flash memory. The power savings going with flash exist but are negligible, especially since FIC is quoting battery life at around 5 hours. The biggest advantage of going with 1.8″ hard drives is the CE260 will be available with hard drives up to 30GB, rather than just 4GB or 8GB flash hard drives. As for it’s physical size and weight, those are 230 (W) x 171 (D) x 29.4 (H) and Under 0.97 kg respectively. For more info check FIC’s webpage here.

FIC is aiming to ship 50,000-60,000 units in Q1 2008. The Everex branded CE260s will make up 20,000-30,000 of those unites and will be available in China, Europe, Taiwan and the USA. It will initially be available with Windows for about $434 US. The Linux version will be introduced later at an even lower price point. FIC also said they plan to introducing a 9″ and 11″ version.

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images courtesy of FIC

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