January 11, 2007 An interesting new communications device debuted at the 2007 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, this week. The US$1400 S-XGen from Seamless Internet is an Ultra Mobile Portable Computer (UMPC) integrating all of the computing and digital functionality of other UMPC's in a design that offers a near full-size keyboard and an ultra-productive eight-hour battery life. Created for serious business users, the S-XGen combines several digital products into a single, easy-to-access device. The unit's extra long battery life and fold-out keyboard makes the S-XGen a serious full-day work partner that puts an end to frustrating text messaging-style 'dumb thumb' typing and 'low battery' AC-power searches.
"Virtually all UMPC's offer similar applications but the S-XGen combines a variety of productivity-enhancing digital devices into a single platform that offers users the ability to be truly mobile powerhouses," said Al Reda, Chairman of Seamless Wi-FI. "The unit's industry-leading eight hour battery life makes the S-XGen a mobile device that seriously addresses the real needs of today's mobile road warriors – on a plane, in a taxi or out in the field."
The S-XGen is a handheld device that eliminates the need for a separate laptop, cell phone, Tablet PC and PDA. Based around the intel PXA 270 Xscale 520 MHz processor, the base S-XGen includes 256MB of RAM, a 20GB hard drive and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and tri-band cellular wireless and direct Ethernet, USB and RJ45 connectivity. A 4-inch TFT 470 x 280 resolution touch screen provides brilliant imagery and video web cam, microphone and media playback and gaming controls are built-in. The S-XGen comes ready to run with Microsoft Windows Pocket PC and Microsoft Office Mobile Suite preinstalled. The total size of the S-XGen is approximately 6.5 inches long by 3.8 inches wide and it weighs only 14 oz. For real mobile productivity the most compelling attributes of the S-XGen are its Qwerty layout near full-size fold-out keyboard and a battery life rated at an industry high of up to 8 hours of use.
The MSRP of the S-XGen with Microsoft Office included is US$1,395. Units are shipping in Q1 2007.
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