Asus Offers up Its Second Generation UMPC

Asus has decided it is time to replace the R2H, which the company launched last year with a price tag under $1,000 USD. The R2H features a 900MHz Celeron M ULV processor, 768MB of DDR2 memory, 7" (800x480) LCD, 60GB hard drive, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi and GPS capabilities. The second generation UMPC from Asus will be the T83, featuring the same 7" LCD with a resolution of 800x480, a smaller 30GB HDD and only 512MB of memory. On the plus side, the 900MHz Celeron M ULV processor was replaced by a 1GHz Via C7-M processor. Asus also added a swivelling LCD housing and a traditional small QWERTY keyboard complete with trackpoint and two mouse buttons. Battery life has also been increased from a paltry 2 hours on the R2H to 6 hours with the T83.

Despite the feature cuts, the T83 has managed to jump in weight from 1.83 pounds to 2.1 pounds. The Asus T83 is expected to retail between $900 USD and $1,000 USD. Competition, also known as the Samsung Q1 Ultra, is expected to come in at around $1,200 USD but will weigh only 1.5 pounds and will feature a split-QWERTY keyboard, 7" (1024x600) display, 800MHz Core 2 processor, 1GB of memory, 60GB hard drive and dual cameras, HSDPA and WiBRO.

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News source: DailyTech

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Why can't neowin put asus first sound card on the front page.

thats what I really want to learn about. I really want to dump creatives sound cards.

Yeah, I would go Intel over via any day! Via chips are pieces of crap. It seems like the only reason they make them is because they don't use much energy, so environmentalists like it. That's probably the only reason there is better battery life. I would go for more performance over battery life any day. (Yes, I know I said any day a lot but thats me)

isn't the 1ghz Via C7 a downgrade compared to the 900mhz celeron m, not sure but I know that Via cpu's perform bad at any speed.

why get this when the competing samsung specs are so much better for a little bit more money.