IDF Day 1 summary

Posted on 20 August 2008 by



What an incredibly busy day. 12 hours of IDF followed by a few hours of organising content and information gleaned from various people during the day.

You might have seen my brief coffee-break videocast from the IDF upload lounge so you’ll know that I spent some time with Intel and their PR people this morning demonstrating devices. We made a couple of videos that you’ll see on the Intel site soon and picked up some nice information through the keynotes and showcase sessions. (more after the pics…)

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Digifriends (more pics here) and Benq (more pics here) MIDS

Obviously, the OQO news is good and even a little humorous as the device wasn’t really meant to be on stage today! I haven’t looked to see if the OQO PR people have responded but I guess they will stick to their plan and hope no-one else spotted the mistake. Having OQO on the Atom processor is going to bring some slight performance advantages, some battery life advantages and probably, cooler and quieter operation. It will be interesting to see if they keep the VIA C7 option. Why didn’t they upgrade to Nano is probably the more important question!

This evening I met up with Wibrain, Viliv, Digifriends and Benq and got some very good hands on with their MID and ultra mobile PC devices. I’ve got video presentations of the device in use but there’s no way that I’ll get them uploaded before Thursday unfortunately. I’ve included some pictures and some comments below and I’ve uploaded the rest of the pics to the IDF gallery.

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Viliv S5 MID running Intel Atom and offering 6 hours battery life.

Other news from today

  • A good showing of ISV’s bringing apps to the MID platform. There will be a few announcements on Wednesday relating to this too.
  • Everyone is talking about impressive battery life figures for MIDs and UMPCs.
  • The Benq MID will be launched in Europe within the next 4 weeks. Don’t look for it online, look for it in your local mobile phone shop! The user interface is about the best I’ve seen on a MID to-date.
  • I like the Digifriends MID. In clamshell form with the mini keyboard it looks very nice indeed and the accessory range is superb. Digifriends are aiming to have the device out in the US ASAP and it will appear under different brands in other regions.
  • Viliv have a couple of great offerings. The S5 is a tidy PMP-like device and the S7 a good looking convertible ultra mobile PC with an excellent keyboard. They’ve squeezed a 34wh battery inside it and are offering CPU variants up to 1.8Ghz. 6-8hrs battery life is a realistic figure to expect on this one.
  • Wibrain’s i1 is a big improvement over the B1. The B1 will probably phase out after the i1 is introduced so expect competitive pricing on the i1. Entry level pricing of $550 (in the US without 3G) is the target here. Its quieter, cooler has longer battery life and is easily as fast as the VIA-C7-based B1.

There was one empty stand at the MID showcase this evening. Samsung. Their stand was in the middle of the mobile device community section. If I was a betting man I’d put money on the fact that Samsung are going to highlight their new MID tomorrow. No-one has told me anything but it makes sense that they aren’t demonstrating the day before their announcement. Obviously this is an important one to look out for. The ultra mobility keynote starts at 0800 SF time.

A quick update on the devices i’m using. The Medion Akoya / MSI Wind is performing like a champ. I’ve been tripped up twice by the fact that it doesn’t have Bluetooth but its responsiveness, quick disk and SD slot, snappy XP performance and wonderful keyboard (After testing the G10L, Acer Aspire, Eee 901 and a few other unknowns today, the MSI Wind gets my #1 keyboard rating.) it more than makes up for the lack of Bluetooth. I just wish it was a bit smaller. The SC3 on the other hand has been a pain in the backside. Failing Bluetooth, slow responsiveness, terrible battery life and overall lack of performance have forced me to sideline it tomorrow. Its 800gms that I just don’t need to be lugging around.

Tomorrow is going to be even more busy. Early keynotes and a full day of sessions means that there won’t be much time for high quality blogging. If the Samsung device launches though you can be sure there’ll be a report. Maybe even a live blog!

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11 Comments For This Post

  1. maxus says:

    Hopefully 1.33ghz Atom z520 wibrain I1 with hyperthreading will perform way better than Via’s B1, and if you could ask about z530 o z540 versions I would be grateful.

  2. maxus says:

    Hey what wibrain is this?: http://umpcportal.com/gallery/v/IDF-Fall-2008/IMG_7032.JPG.html

    kyuss Reply:

    i am asking myself the same question…

    i remember we wanted wibrain to come up with a new (slider) form factor and now there it is…lol…

    seems like they to read the forum :-)

    i am sure chippy will find out more about this (i guess) prototype…

    chippy Reply:

    Well spotted!

    its a (non working) proto that they’re working on. No plans at the moment. They just wanted to guage response from potential customers.

    Its known as the M1

    What do you think?

    ssagg Reply:

    I think I love it. Go form factor. Pad accessble even closed. Better looks than the predecesor.

    turn.self.off Reply:

    give me linux on it and im sold.

    btw, that keyboard looks like its from a early 80’s british microcomputer ;)

    i wonder if it can take a cup of coffee and keep on going…

    oh, and was the display able to tilt upright?

  3. Holly says:

    I hope to see more info on the OQO.

  4. turn.self.off says:

    woho, looking forward to the digifriend video! :D

    pepilo Reply:

    I also wait for a digifriend vid, looks very interesting and nice.

  5. Anymouse Reader says:

    Questions:

    1 – What is your impression of the Moblin Family (on the OS side of things)? Comparison vs ___________ ? Are you seeing Moblin on many devices, or other Linux versions instead?

    2- Any news about if anyone is going to be using the Pixel Qi screens at all? Is Pixel Qi even there with a booth?

  6. JC says:

    Dennis Moore said at OQOTalk, the device they have at IDF is a “technology showcase, not an impending product announcement.” However, all the blogs I’ve read have treated this as an impending product announcement.

    Is there confirmation from an OQO official at IDF that the next OQO will use Atom? Or do we just have this device on stage?

    [As an aside, given OQO’s penchant for shipping their devices with Vista, I hope it’s not an 800MHz Atom inside that Model 02. I doubt that would work well.]

  7. José Melo says:

    Hi Chippy, did you hear anything about “Abit” MID or any kind of new MID device with a slider keyboard?
    Thanks.

    chippy Reply:

    Abit MID is there but the people not.
    I’m waiting for the ultra mobility keynote this morning.

    I’ll file a video report directly afterwards. (Live on Ustream)

    Steve.

  8. Dunstan says:

    That Wibrain M-1 gets my vote! Besides, any mini-computer that is named after my favourite (and much regretted) BMW can’t be bad!

  9. MiKeN says:

    I am pumped for the Wibrain i1. I do hope it does get even a small performance boot though.

    The other device I am interested in is the Digifriends one. The accessories look awesome and hopefully they won’t all cost an arm and a leg.

  10. ArchiMark says:

    Boy, I hope I didn’t pull the trigger too quick the other day by ordering the Aigo P8860….

    Well, it’s on it’s way…so, better enjoy it!….

    ;-)

  11. turn.self.off says:

    on the digifriends photos, what modules are those?

    turn.self.off Reply:

    err, never mind. most of them are listed here:
    http://www.digifriendsusa.com/acc.htm

    maybe except for the one with the white looking disc at its center…

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