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Samsung's Folding UMPC: Flexible As A Yoga Instructor

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Samsung trotted out a non-working prototype of the SPH-9000 UMPC in New York City today. It's a folding computer (did someone say... origami?) that will put all your attempts to attach a mobile keyboard to a PDA or cellphone to shame. The kicker is that it comes with a teensy weensy handset that piggybacks on the terminal's EV-DO/WiMax uplink. But there are as many questions as answers about this one.

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Here are the answers:

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It's going to be outfitted with:
* A 5-inch, roughly 800x480 display
* CDMA EV-DO
* Mobile WiMax (WiBro in South Korea)
* Windows XP
* Bluetooth
* 1.3 Megapixel camera on the display

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It's 5.6 × 3.7 × 1.17 inches and 1.28 pounds. Available in Korea in Q1 2007 and cost under $2K. It will be in the states in, um, your dreams.

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What we don't know:
* Processor speed or type (no one from Samsung confirmed the rumored 1GHz Transmeta CPU)
* Hard drive size or specs (no one from Samsung would confirm earlier reports of a 30GB hard drive)
* Whether it supports external memory
* Whether it actually works

Those unknowns didn't stop us from drooling over this origami-like beauty. Damn, I said origami again.

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Porn Gallery of the Samsung SPH-P9000 - the real Origami UMPC [SlashGear]

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Spiny Norman

I'm just wondering why there isn't a company out there making a bluetooth or IR 9" monitor/full fold-out keyboard/mouse combo to go along with the current crop of smart phones and pocketpcs. It's too good an idea to be trapped in non-working prototypes.