just reported about a Mio Technology MID (Mobile Internet Device) prototype, the
company is currently showing under glass at this year's CES in Las Vegas.
According to Intel's MID definition, this device class is mostly running on
Linux and designed for mobile Internet access and use. However Mio's MID
prototype (which hasn't has a name yet) is running on Windows Mobile 6.1
Professional. Further specifications are a little bit sketchy but it's confirmed
that the device, which reminds long-time Windows Mobile users on a Microsoft
late 90's H/PC, features a 7" 800×480 screen (the prototype wasn't yet
touchscreen enabled) and is powered by an ARM CPU at 667MHz. USB out, GPS and
integrated WiFi are also confirmed:
WMExperts is reporting that it isn't yet decided if this prototype will ever
make it to the market. It's even not yet decided if WWAN mobile broadband
connectivity could make it into a possible final device or not. Looks like Mio
was trying to test reactions before the company is now deciding what to do in
the MID space.
UPDATE: According to
Mio's Corporate Blog, the final specifications and launch schedule are
expected in Q2. 2009.
Cheers ~ Arne