Psion PDA Form Reborn — Presenting the PsiXpda


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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