News Bits: Fujitsu U1010 UMPC Reviewed, Palm Foleo First Thoughts (Video), Fujitsu Unveils 300GB 2.5″ Drive

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Fujitsu U1010 UMPC Reviewed

Fujitsu’s first ever UMPC has been the talk of many forum conversations since it was spotted and the folks over at CNET Asia got the chance to have a little hands-on with one. They are calling it the U1010, but it seems to go under the U8240 name here in the U.S.

The LifeBook U1010 they reviewed had an Intel A110 800MHz processor and 1GB RAM. Overall their first impression was a good one and they liked the mini-tablet design, but wished it had a 1GHz processor. To check out the U1010 in action go to CNET Asia’s website for a hands-on video review. Prices are expected to be around $1,200 when the U1010 hits the U.S. market, which I hope is soon.

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Palm Foleo First Thoughts (Video)

Late this spring, Palm, Inc. took the wraps off the Foleo, the first device in its new third product category. When it debuts in the next few months, this won’t be a notebook or smartphone, instead it will something Palm is calling a mobile companion.

Brighthand’s Ed Hardy recently spent some time with a prototype of the Palm Foleo, and shares his first impressions and a video of this upcoming clamshell device with a 10-inch screen, full-size keyboard and Wi-Fi.

Check out this hands-on video of the Foleo in action:

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OLPC Notebook Prices Expected to Drop

According to Mary Lou Jepsen, the founding chief technology officer (CTO) of the OLPC program, the OLPC notebooks are in a strong position to be the hottest PC for emerging markets and prices will shrink to $50 in 2009. That is a huge drop considering prices started around $200, just last year. The next-generation OLPC notebooks will come with some new features including built-in WiMAX connectivity and a low power consumption display panel.

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Fujitsu Unveils 300GB 2.5" Drive

Fujitsu recently unveiled the world’s highest-capacity 2.5" drive (to date) at 300GB. They showed off the drive in a USB-powered external enclosure. It runs at 4,200RPM and has a 16-point shock absorber along with an array of security software. It is expected to hit the retail market in Q3 at $229. There is no word on when the bare drive will be available.

Read More (Engadget)






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