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I’m still futzing with the latest Android x86 build on my UMPC, so maybe this Android MID from Inbrics is the way to go. Actually, there’s not much information to go on other than the video and some specs that jkkmobile has from a translated press […]

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I’m still futzing with the latest Android x86 build on my UMPC, so maybe this Android MID from Inbrics is the way to go. Actually, there’s not much information to go on other than the video and some specs that jkkmobile has from a translated press release.

The handheld uses a current Cortex-A8 ARM platform running at 800 MHz, has an AMOLED touch display, integrated Wi-Fi, GPS and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Inbrics should be sharing more at the Consumer Electronics Show this coming January, and I plan to swing by to get some hands-on time if they allow it. The form factor actually reminds me a bit of the Motorola Droid, which I like — I’m partial to slide-out keyboards in landscape mode, due to the larger keys.

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  1. I think my Samsung Moment does just fine (until I get the NBT). I grow quite weary of MIDs. Just make them phones so I don’t have to fill my pockets with a ridonkulous number of separate gadgets. I really don’t mind having a quite large phone as long as it can fulfill many offices at once. I suppose MIDs are cool, but in a day where the technology can make our phones little PCs, I have to ask…. why? It would be far more advantageous if these companies could just focus on making us some superawesome phones instead.

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    1. Because some of us want screens larger than 3.5 inches to work with?

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      1. True, but that’s what I have a laptop for ;) If it’s gunna be portable, it’s gotta fit in the pocket. Honestly, if I have to put it in a bag, why not just throw in a fully functional computer? I’ve tried many portable devices (including the Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium and the Viliv S5), which were all great devices, but in the end I just can’t seem to find a practical application. I can understand where some folks may have very specific usage scenerios, but in general I think the combination of a good laptop and an extremely capable smartphone leaves need for little else. And like I said before, I probably wouldn’t mind a smartphone with a 4.x” display, granted it kept a slim formfactor.

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      2. I don’t carry a laptop, and have no interest in one as they’ve been implemented so far. If I’m going to have a portable computing device, I want one that’s big enough to do serious work, with a form factor that doesn’t require me to sit down and put it on a surface in order to do anything with it. For me, that combination seems to require a 7-10″ screen (I tried an Archos 5 Android device the other day, and it’s just too small for me) in a tablet/slate package. That’s what I want. I’m not particularly concerned whether it’s a niche market.

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      3. That I can understand. Though it seems to place it out of the standard MID parameters. It’s not slate or tablet devices I’m talking about – I actually find those very useful – it’s more of these MID type devices that are about the same, if not exactly the same, size as good smartphones that I can’t really see a place for. I would just rather see more capable MID-like smartphones being released than the usual 52 non-phone MIDs released every week.

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  2. If it’s cheaper and has better performance than a VAIO P, I’ll buy it!

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