Remember the Psion? Not the trademark-busting Psion, the ones who built the cool PDA with a keyboard and nice form factor. Hang onto your wallets, as the PsiXpda looks to revive that great form factor and PDA device. It has been launched by a former Psion […]


Remember the Psion? Not the trademark-busting Psion, the ones who built the cool PDA with a keyboard and nice form factor. Hang onto your wallets, as the PsiXpda looks to revive that great form factor and PDA device. It has been launched by a former Psion employee and an editor at All About Symbian, and it looks like it’s really going to happen.

The PsiXpda is a clamshell form that reminds me of the HTC Shift, although smaller. It has a screen that tilts up from the closed position, and has hardware updated for today’s market. The device runs Windows XP on a 1.1 GHz Atom processor, and has 1 GB of RAM along with a 16 GB SSD for storage. The PsiXpda name may bring to mind a PDA device, but this is a true “netbook” configuration with all the capability that comes with that.

Take a look at the full specs and you’ll see why the PsiXpda is exciting:

  • Dimensions: 174 mm x 84 mm x 25 mm (6.85 x 3.3 x 0.98 inches)
  • Weight: 430 g (15 oz.)
  • Power: 1850 mAH battery
  • OS: Windows XP Home
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z510 1.1 GHz
  • Screen: 5-inch touch screen
  • Display: 800×480, Intel GMA500, 32 MB VRAM
  • Camera: Forward VGA webcam
  • Memory: 1 GB DDR2
  • Storage: 16 GB SSD
  • I/O Options: USB, miniUSB, microSD
  • Audio: high definition audio, internal speaker and microphone, 2.5 mm headset socket
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11 b/g, 3G options, EVDO, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA

This is a full pocket computer, and it will be interesting to see how they pull this off. The price is £500 UK which includes VAT.

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  1. Hmmm,I’d like to see a head-to-head with the UMID M1. Seems like a nice form factor (for us Jornada diehard fans:-)

  2. That 800×480 res is a bit of a killer for XP. The biggest pain about running XP on the Eee701 was the resolution.

    Also, one of the great things about the Psions, instant on.

    I’d still like to get one though for a play!

  3. Apart from the Viliv X70 and the upcoming Archos 9 and Entourage eDGe, are there any new handheld devices with screens larger than 5 inches? I really want a device that I can use on the move, but after testing an Archos 5IT, I’ve come to the conclusion that it needs to have a more sizable screen to suit my needs.

  4. James Kendrick Friday, December 4, 2009

    I just spoke with one of the creators and had a thorough demo of the device over Skype. I can see this being a very useful gadget for the mobilely inclined. The price is reasonable (I can’t say what it is yet) and it includes unlocked 3G capability.

    1. The price is 500 GBP, I can say it now. Post has been updated to include this information. The price includes VAT.

  5. Fernando, thansk for the vote of confidence in the form factor.

    Gavin, teh resolution can appear tight on the spec sheet, and of course you’d expect me to say that I’ve been using it comfortably for months (I have, you know!). I’ve also used a number of netbooks and have to say that the pinch back to 800 width doesn’t feel cramped – it rarely comes up as an issue when the machine is demoed.

    1. Thanks for the good demo, Ewan! Very cool gadget. Feel free to send one over anytime. :)

  6. I thought this day would never come! wooo

  7. Wow. I would love one of these (though with Win7 rather than XP). I was an early Psion user and still have a Series 3A in my drawer. It was (and even by today’s standards, is) an work of handheld device art. Best keyboard ever on a pocket sized device. I hope this comes through as it would be at the top of my gadget wish-list. ;-)

    -Jeff Sass, Myxer

    1. Oh it is shipping in the next week. It’s real.

  8. I’d be curious to see what operating life is and what 3G bands it works on (any US 3G love?). It does look like a very nice device. Not sure ~$800+ is in my budget though.

  9. Why every time a cool gadget is launched it will miss either an XP/Android OS, a web cam or a GPS. In this case – the GPS? why ohh why?!
    This is the only reason I didnt spend my $ on those nice things yet :(

    Any version with GPS? How can you be mobile without a GSP?!

    1. Why the hell do you want GPS when you can get a $100 GPS that can run longer in battery life?

      This thing is totally awesome. I would love to see a head to head comparo with the UMID M2.

      If the price is similar I would take it over the M2.

      For people who don’t like the resolution. I have come to figure out way to deal with it myself. For example, there are way to open multiple instants of Firefox concurrently. I have a profile specially design for google reader because I use it so much. When I need it I just open another instant next to my “regular” Firefox. This will allow highly customize browsing experience down to per-website basis.

      Let’s face it, this is a better solution than what Maemo is doing with mobile Firefox. If you tried that you know that will lead to other problems.

      1. you obviously lost the entire mind set of being light on the run.

  10. This is interesting for me as I am in the process of canceling my cell phone with all the associated crap on it. I want to go back to a PDA and leave a phone just what it is, a phone with none of the garbage such as web surfing, e-mail, blah, blah. These all-in-ones are more of a pain than a benefit.

    Yes, the price is high, and an early netbook such as a 701 EEe may do as well but netbooks are losing their original design goals and just becoming a notebook.

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