Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Nov 2008 09:28 UTC, submitted by caffeine deprived
Intel Intel joined Taiwanese mobile phone service provider Chunghwa Telecom to launch Gigabyte Technology's M528 mobile Internet device on Monday in Taipei. The device, which runs a Linux OS, sports a 4.8-inch touchscreen, QWERTY keypad and 4GB solid-state drive, has an 800Mhz Intel Atom Z500 microprocessor inside. Gigabyte's specs page for the device is here.
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Looks like a competitor to the Nokia N810
by dagw on Wed 26th Nov 2008 13:10 UTC
dagw
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2005-07-06

Well I'm interested at least. I've been considering getting a Nokia N810 for a while now, but never really gotten around to it. There have simply been too many small niggles about it for me. This looks like a really interesting alternative. With 4 gigs of solid state storage, a faster processor, plus a sim card slot of 3G wireless this seems like it could be what I'm looking for. The huge remaining questions are will they be able to make usable apps and OS and what will the battery life be like.

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DataPath Member since:
2005-06-29

The Nokia devices are at an entirely different price point. The Gigabyte MIDs appear to be going for ~$600 without a service plan. The N810 costs half that.

I couldn't find numbers on battery life, but knowing that ARM processors get significantly better performance/watt, the Nokia's likely have a much better battery life, as well.

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HeLfReZ Member since:
2005-08-12

If the mid is shooting for the $600 range, i dont see it going to far. Before I pay ~$600 for a MID, it would make more sense to go with a loaded netbook. You can get a N810 for $200 fairly easy, and a N800 for 100-150. The battery life on the N810 is about 6-7hrs under heavy used, and it can literally go a week under light usage.

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dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

If the mid is shooting for the $600 range,

I suspect it will come down. And anyway if I can get one cheap with a data plan, that would be OK too. Still all the being said and done, I'd still be tempted at $600.
You can get a N810 for $200 fairly easy

I can't. I've looked but I've never seen one I could get for much less than $350. But then again I don't live in the US. At $200 I'd certainly buy one.

Edited 2008-11-26 15:11 UTC

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HeLfReZ Member since:
2005-08-12

I have a N810, and this is probably the first true competitor. Depending on how the battery life goes, this would probably best the N810 hands down atm. The MID would be running standard linux. Moblin, intel blend, Ubuntu Mobile, pick your own poison. The N810 runs debian for arm under the hood, but it was never designed with running a regular distro in mind. With the ARM cpu, the N810 would be at a power usage advantage, but a software disadvantage against this guy.

Personally, depending on the price, i would probably take the gigabyte over N810. Having the ability to switch from some specialty intel blend, to ubuntu mobile, to whatever else crops up trumps maemo.

It IS possible to get full debian and kde onto a N810, but its a bit of a hackjob still, and alot of stuff doesnt work well. Usable, yes, but not very clean.

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This is the cellphone I want
by matthekc on Wed 26th Nov 2008 19:20 UTC
matthekc
Member since:
2006-10-28

I either want a pandora handheld console or this as a cellphone. I wish someone made an addon that turned devices like these into potential cellphones.

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It needs to strike a balance...
by ruel24 on Thu 27th Nov 2008 16:19 UTC
ruel24
Member since:
2006-03-21

I'm eagerly awaiting Linux iPhone competition, and something that my carrier can provide. I think they doors are about to bust open in this arena. Maybe Asus will follow suit with something similar? Eee Phone?

Edited 2008-11-27 16:24 UTC

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