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Gigabyte's second-generation UMPC

The changes are mostly cosmetic, though the VIA processor is bumped up to 1.2GHz and its screen has grown from 6.5 to 7 inches.

Gigabyte

Though better known for making mainboards than consumer electronics, Gigabyte's first foray into the UMPC market--the U60--was surprisingly competent and incorporated a few innovative features such as split keyboard and GPS/TV tuner expansion slots.

The changes in the new Gigabyte M704 are mostly cosmetic, though the VIA processor has been bumped up to 1.2GHz and its screen has grown from 6.5 to 7 inches, obviating the need to scroll sideways on some Web sites designed for viewing in 1,024-pixel resolution. Despite the larger display and faster processor, the battery life remains similar to the U60 at around three hours--that's rather mediocre considering models like the Everun and Kohjinsha SA1 can go on for a couple more hours.

We're waiting to hear word on its availability but, in the meantime, here are other features from the company's product page:

  • 1.2GHz VIA processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 40GB or 60GB HDD
  • 7-inch LED-backlit screen
  • 2 x USB 2.0; VGA output; SD/MMC card reader
  • Built-in Webcam
  • 780g weight

(Source: Crave Asia)