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Wibrain B1 UMPC headed to the U.S.

Wibrain B1 will be available in the U.S. next month


When we last saw the Wibrain B1, a Korean UMPC, it was charting a course to unknown international markets. Thanks to, the Wibrain B1 is coming to America. The Japanese-import site lists two Wibrain B1 models--for $699 and $849--with an expected ship date of mid- to late December. The higher-end model doubles the hard drive capacity (to 60GB) and RAM (to 1GB). Each model features a 4.8-inch wide-screen display with a 1,024x600 resolution and weighs 1.1 pounds. It runs a full version of Windows XP Home, but don't expect anything resembling blazing performance from the 1.2GHz VIA C7M processor--not that you'll turn such a tiny PC into a productivity machine. As a mobile communication device, however, it does hold some appeal with its pop-up Webcam, touchscreen, and split keyboard, along with navigation buttons and a touchpad below each half of the keyboard. Wireless connectivity is in abundance: b/g Wi-Fi, HSDPA/UMTS, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WiMax, and Bluetooth.