I spoke with podcasting buddy David Ciccone last night and he has offered up some concrete information about the upcoming cPC handheld computer with dual operating systems. The cPC is the device that was first demonstrated at the CES in Las Vegas early this year and David is the Director of Strategic Alliances at DualCor so you can take this information to the bank. David stressed that DualCor’s intention is to create a device that gives the user the freedom of choice to tailor the device to meet their individual needs which has guided all they have done to date to bring the cPC to market.
The cPC will be available at authorized resellers within 90 days and will have a MSRP of $1,999. DualCor will ship the cPC with a Compact Flash WiFi card in the box so customers can enjoy 802.11g connectivity out of the box. Customers wishing to add GSM/ GPRS / EDGE/ EVDO connectivity for data and/ or voice can add any of a number of USB or CF peripherals that have been tested with the cPC to create the user experience tailored to the individual’s needs. These peripherals work under both the Windows XP and the Windows Mobile 5 operating systems that are preinstalled on the cPC, something that in my opinion is a big feat. Kudos to DualCor for making that happen.
The cPC runs the Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005 so it handles digital ink like any other Tablet PC and of importance is the ability to rotate the screen into portrait orientation when needed. DualCor is working on Mac compatibility for eventual synchronization with iCal, Mail, Address Book, and iPhoto so Mac owners will not be left in the cold.
The cPC will support up to 2048 x 1536 on an external monitor, but remember that DualCor has only tested it up to 1600 x 1200. The device keeps PIM data synchronized between the two operating systems using a combination of proprietary software and ActiveSync so data is always up to date on either “side” of the cPC. DualCor will be offering a stand to facilitate use with peripherals but no docking station will be available. Other accessories are being developed currently at DualCor.
One of the most useful features that DualCor has incorporated into the cPC is the ability to share the internal hard drive between the two operating systems. This means that the device will access the hard drive from the Windows Mobile side without booting or bringing the Windows XP side out of hibernation. This means instant access for a true mobile experience. The hard drive is a 1.8 inch format with a capacity of 30 GB.
Many people with an interest in the cPC have expressed surprise at the lack of embedded radios in the device but David told me that a number of agencies/ companies that have placed orders for the cPC insisted there be no radios for security reasons in the field. DualCor decided to provide flexible connectivity options via third party peripherals to satisfy those customers.
Disclaimer: I am a member of the DualCor Board of Technical Advisors.