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COMPETITION: Motion Computing released the LS800 Tablet PC computer - a Universal killer?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 08.07.05 - 17:53:54 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 22828x
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Motion Computing, a leader in ultramobile computing and wireless communications, yesterday unveiled the LS800, the most compact Tablet PC available running Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. The new slate Tablet PC, approximately the size of a paperback book, is small enough to slip into a lab coat pocket or attach to a tool belt and is optimal for highly mobile professionals in industries including route sales and service, manufacturing and healthcare. The LS800 slate Tablet PC provides enhanced connectivity and security features, ergonomics and durability for uncompromised productivity.

Approximately half the size of most slate Tablet PCs, the LS800 has an 8.4-inch display, is less than 1 inch thick and weighs 2.2 lbs. The LS800 is among the first Tablet PCs with the latest generation of Intel Centrino mobile technology, including the Intel Pentium M Processor Ultra Low Voltage 753 (1.2 GHz) and the Mobile Intel 915GMS Express Chipset.

"Motion received frequent feedback from customers about the need for a lightweight, compact and powerful Tablet PC. With the LS800, we are answering an unmet need for hands-free mobility and productivity across the mobile workforce; raising the bar for the Tablet PC market. Motion is defining a new category of Tablet PC with this ultra-portable slate," said Scott Eckert, Motion Computing's CEO. "The LS800 complements Motion's offering of best-in-class Tablet PCs and accessories, while extending the company's leadership to new customers and industries."

"Tablet PC adoption is continuing to demonstrate steady growth, particularly among vertical market buyers, many of whom require smaller form factor slates for targeted applications," said Leslie Fiering, vice president covering mobile computing at Gartner, Inc. "We anticipate that Tablet PC shipments will double by 2008."

The LS800 upgrades to 512MB of 400MHz DDRII memory and a 60GB 1.8" hard drive. The tablet delivers the complete Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC experience, with an 8.4-inch display and ample real estate for working with Microsoft Office 2003 and Windows XP-compatible applications.

To maximize computing performance on the go, the LS800's slim, standard battery offers up to three hours of continuous use. Additional batteries are warm-swappable when the unit is placed in standby mode, allowing users to change batteries without fully powering down or rebooting. The ultra-portable tablet's SVGA display provides a 120-degree viewing angle, and optional View Anywhere display technology allows for high-quality display clarity and visibility at nearly all angles indoors and outdoors. View Anywhere gives users a 10-to-1 reduction in sunlight reflection compared to standard Tablet PC displays.

Features and Options

  • Advanced, proprietary Speak Anywhere technology, featuring dual-array microphones for high-fidelity voice input, background noise cancellation, and accurate voice recognition for speech-to-text transcription
  • Gigabit Ethernet (with MobileDock) for faster wired network connections
  • Embedded Wi-Fi supporting the latest standards and security protocols (802.11a/b/g) and mobility within the four walls of a work environment
  • Embedded Bluetooth for simplified peripheral connections and reduced cabling hassles
  • IrDA port for quick wireless synchronization with PDAs and SmartPhones
  • Secure Digital slot for compact expansion capability
  • VGA connector for external displays and digital projectors
  • Versatile peripherals and accessories, including optional DVD/CD-RW drive, Bluetooth and USB keyboards, and compact carrying cases

The LS800 is the latest product offering from Motion. A wide range of complementary peripherals are available, including the MobileDock, USB and Bluetooth keyboards, ergonomic digitizer pens and cases. The LS800 shares L-Series peripherals, including a battery charger, keyboards, power supply and ergonomic digitizer pen. The LS800 comes with a one-year limited warranty – extendable to two or three years. The LS800 is available from Motion's worldwide network of more than 700 value-added resellers or at for US$ 1,899.

Compare the size of the device with the Think Outside Bluetooth keyboard above, amazing small and a full featured PC. Now I wonder if a device like this can seriously compete with Pocket PCs like the HTC Universal (aka T-Mobile MDA Pro/IV). While current Tablet PCs doesn't offer WAN connectivity through GPRS or 3G/UMTS, you can easily add this via a Bluetooth enabled cell phone and you have a bigger screen and a full featured software pack on your device. What do you think?

Cheers ~ Arne

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