Asus Announces New UMPC, the R50A

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As we all know Asus recently updated the R1 Tablet PC and is going to update the R2H UMPC, but this UMPC is all new. The R50A is the beginning of a new UMPC era for Asus. Although, the unit we got to spend some hands-on time with on the CES show floor was a prototype it is good to know what we have to look forward to this coming year.

The R50A in all its glory. (view large image)

Asus R50A specs:

  • Intel Silverthorne 1.3GHz processor
  • Intel Poulsbo chipset
  • 1GB memory
  • Integrated GPS
  • 5.6" touchscreen (1024 x 600) with stylus input
  • Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth

Not too much is known at this time about the R50A except for a few basic specs and the photo gallery we have for our users. This lightweight UMPC is comparable to a Sony PSP. The integrated GPS is great for mobile professionals on the go and the touchscreen is responsive.

We didn’t get to type much on it though, but the unit was a prototype as I mentioned before. It will be cheaper then the R2H, which users will enjoy, but not exactly sure how much cheaper. Keep your eye out for the R50A later this year and you know TabletPCReview will bring you the latest updates as soon as we get them.

My Asus representative did tell me to expect a redesign of the R1 Tablet PC, but not until later this year. Unfortunately no redesigned tablet here at CES, but the R50A is a real head turner, which I look forward to reviewing in the months to come. This UMPC would be a good side-kick for your everyday tablet.

Photo Gallery

The R50A. (view large image)

Back side view with double side webcam. (view large image)

Right side view. (view large image)

Spec sheet. (view large image)




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