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We knew it was happening today and thanks to Rob Bushway we know it is official- Motion Computing has released the LS800.  The LS800 is a full slate Tablet PC, think LE1600, with an 8.4" screen.  This just might be the mini-Tablet PC I have been […]

Ls800_slate_1We knew it was happening today and thanks to Rob Bushway we know it is official- Motion Computing has released the LS800.  The LS800 is a full slate Tablet PC, think LE1600, with an 8.4" screen.  This just might be the mini-Tablet PC I have been talking about for a very long time and it looks like Motion has gotten it right.  I have always said that a mini-Tablet will require a good simple docking solution to be practical and apparently Motion agrees and the dock they have produced is really sweet.  I would have preferred XGA and I would think the View Anywhere optional screen would be mandatory for me but all in all this looks like a really nice mobile Tablet PC.  Motion, if you need someone to conduct extensive (read for a very long time) field tests then I volunteer, just to help you out.  Base price $1899 and the View Anywhere option is $299. The New York Times has a preview in today’s news and you can find the entire press release from Motion here.  Take a look at these specs from the Motion site:

  • 1.2 ghz ULV Sonoma processor, 512mb RAM (max)
  • 8.4” display (measuring just 8.94" x 6.69" x 0.87"), 2.2 lbs
  • 20 GB 1.8" HDD (60 GB max)
  • Enhanced security via fingerprint reader, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and software
  • Integrated Wi-Fi (a, b, g) , Bluetooth, IrDA and Ethernet
  • Simplified power management
  • Full range of innovative and performance-enhancing peripherals
  • Currently taking orders, View Anywhere available in September
  • MobileDock (available mid-August)

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  1. It’s definitely cool, but until it has an XGA screen, I see no reason to switch from the Sony U750. Why carry a larger computer with essentially the same performance specs?

  2. looks nice, but the pictures make it look around the size of the the HP TC1100

  3. From the specs it’s less than 9″ X 7″ so it’s smaller

  4. Can you see how many hits you had on this link?

    I curious to see if this device sells.

    I’m not convinced that on the success of the slate tablet device.

    I know some vendors are reading this, but the keyboard is a formidable component to drop on a mobile computing device even with HWR and a touchscreen.

    My $.02

  5. fil, I can’t see hits for a particular article but over a few days I will be able to get a trend. I understand what you’re saying about the KB but Motion is even selling the ThinkOutside BT keyboard which would work fine. I’d rather have a foldable full-size keyboard to use when needed than have one attached. That’s just me.

  6. James, I think you’re right. I think this looks killer. Someone posted on the Buzz that the screen resolution is 800×600, but I can’t find that in the specs. Have you seen anything?

  7. Yes, the screen is SVGA which is 800×600 which is a shame. XGA would have been much better.

  8. You’re right: LS800 has only 119 ppi. With XGA it’s resolution would be sharpened to 152 ppi.
    The Flybook (only a bit larger than the LS800) has XGA@144 ppi. http://www.flybook.biz/

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