NEC released Monday its notebook-like handheld, the $899 MobilePro 790. The machine has a clamshell design similar to that of a notebook but is smaller. It also uses an operating system designed for handheld computers. The 1.8-pound MobilePro 790 comes with an 8.1-inch touch-screen display and a case measuring 1.1 inches by 5.2 inches by 9.6 inches.
The MobilePro has a 168MHz MIPS processor and 16MB of built-in flash memory to run the latest version of Microsoft's Windows CE OS, version 3.0, as well as so-called pocket versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Windows Media Player. The device also includes a built-in 56kbps V.90 modem and a CompactFlash slot. NEC is targeting the MobilePro at niche markets, such as retail, real estate, insurance and health care.