Netbooks seem to be all the rage these days, and just when we think that netbooks are the lowest common denominator when it comes to a decent computing device for use on-the-go, along comes 3K Computer and their new Windows CE-powered netbook which will definitely attract plenty of attention with a price point of a mere $150. Dubbed the RazorBook 400 CE, you will get a bare bones configuration which makes this much less underpowered compared to even the original Eee PC 701 which was released quite a while back, but still able to keep you connected online for extremely casual web browsing, email checking and making the odd VoIP call from time to time.
What’s the whole point of a Windows CE-based netbook anyways? Well, this isn’t exactly an new idea but is a resurrection of an old one. Apparently, it was nearly a decade ago (nine years to be exact) when IBM rolled out its Workpad z50 which was powered by Windows CE 3.0, featuring a styling cue from their Thinkpad line of business notebooks alongside a 131MHz MIPS 4100 processor, solid state storage and a phenomenal battery life of up to eight hours. Fast forward nine years and we have 3K’s RazorBook 400 CE that is an upgrade over the RazorBook which debuted last June, featuring a familiar Windows user interface as found in Windows CE 5.0 while boasting Microsoft Internet Explorer, RDP (remote desktop protocol) client, Skype, and Windows Media Player alongside Adobe Flash support.
It will be powered by the Ingenic 400MHz 32-bit single-core mobile processor, come with 128MB RAM and 4GB flash memory, a 7″ WVGA TFT LCD display, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity, a trio of USB 2.0 ports, an SD memory card reader and a measly 2-cell 2100mAh battery. No idea on how long this can run with all the options turned on before it requires a trip to the nearest power outlet though.
Source: Windows for Devices