FlipStart Micro Laptop Drawing Close to Release

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After years in development, the FlipStart 1.0 is nearing its debut. This computer will be so small that it might tempt those who need more functionality than a handheld or smartphone can offer, but don’t want to carry around a full-size laptop.

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This device will have the typical clamshell shape of a laptop, but will be 5.9 inches wide, 4.5 inches tall, and 1.6 inches thick and weigh just 1.8 pounds (with extended battery).

It will be bigger and heavier than some of its competition, like the Sony Vaio UX or OQO’s model 02, but it has a larger screen and keyboard.

In addition to its 5.6-inch SVGA primary display, it will have a 1.9-inch external screen that can show information from Microsoft Outlook including the user’s email, calendar and contacts.

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The FlipStart 1.0 will use a 1.1 GHz Intel Pentium M processor to run Windows XP Professional, and Windows Vista Business will be available as an option. It will also sport an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator.

This PC will have 512MB of RAM and a 30GB hard drive. For wireless connectivity, it will include Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth and the 3G cellular-wireless standard EV-DO. It will also have two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port and a VGA port.

The FlipStart 1.0 is scheduled for release later this month, and it is expected to cost $2,000. More information is available on the FlipStart Labs web site.

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