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Touch-screen portable windows devices overview

It’s been 2 years since I wrote an overview of ultra-mobile devices and things seem to have changed since then. Terminology is even more confusing nowadays.

Here’s an overview of portable touch notebooks with Windows 7 and explanation of the terminology. UMPC’s are still around and I’d define those as touch-screens smaller than 8” typically but they may not be that different than a small tablet PC except size and CPU.

Here’s an overview of terminology:

  • Slider: keyboard that slides out (typically MID’s: smaller displays 4.8" – 7")
  • Clamshell: keyboard flips open (typically MID’s: smaller displays 4.8" – 7")
  • Tablet Netbook: mini tablet PC with a keyboard (displays 6-10")
  • Slate Netbook: no keyboard just touch-screen (typically 10”)
  • Tablet PC’s: notebooks typically around 12".

Note for multi-touch devices with Windows you’d want at least Windows 7 Premium since that edition supports touch (e.g. drag ‘n drop and pinch for pictures/IE browser).

Selection of couple of popular various models ordered by size (click link for more info):

Style

Model

Display / CPU

Weight

Battery life

Comments

Slate UMPC

Viliv S5, $499

4.8” 1024×600  

Z520 1.33 GHz

single touch

154x84x24.4mm

395 g

7 hours, 5-9 hrs in my usage. Standby several days

Built-in GPS, wireless. Also sold at Best Buy. Great portable device. More info:

Viliv S5 overview & tests

Clamshell UMPC

Viliv N5, $649

4.8”

1024×600 

Z520 1.33 GHz

Webcam

single touch

172x86x25 mm

388 g

3-4 hours

Same as S5 but with keyboard and smaller battery and webcam

Slate UMPC

Viliv X70, $549-$900

7”
1024×600

Z520 1.33 GHz

Webcam

single touch

210x117x22.5 mm

660 g

3-5 hours

Same as S5 but bigger screen, webcam and SD. There’s also a (white) S7 convertible tablet PC with keyboard

Slate UMPC

HP Slate 500, $799

8.9"
1024×600

Z540 1.8 GHz

Webcam+cam

234x147x150 mm

680 g

5+ hours

Ships in Nov 2010. Features USB, active digitizer, HD Acceleration

Slate

Hanvon Touchpad BC10C & BA10E, est. $650-$900

10.1”

1024×600

Z530/ULV743 1.3Ghz

Webcam

253x168x18.4mm

2xUSB/8buttons/SD

980g

3-4 hours?

USB+customizable side buttons+ trackpad. Expect many more slates to follow(e.g. Asus Eee Pad).

Slate

Viewsonic ViewPad 100, est. 549 Euro /$750?

10.1”

1024×600

N455 1.55Ghz?

WebCam/GPS

2xUSB/MicroSD

 

 

 

?

3-5 hours?

Oct 2010 expected

Tablet PC / Netbook

Gigabyte T1000 $699

  

 

10.1”

1366×768

N450 1.66GHz

Webcam

multi-touch

265x195x38.5mm

1300 g

6cell 1480g

? hours (4cell)

? hours (6cell)

 

Higher screen resolution than Lenovo S10-3t but also pricier. Not many tests done for this model.

Tablet PC / Netbook

Lenovo S10-3t, $480 

10.1”

1024×600

N450 1.66-1.83 GHz

Webcam

multi-touch

279x175x28mm

1242 g
1490 g (8 cell)

1.5-4 hours (4cell)

3-8 hours (8cell)

8cell will stick out

Good contrast screen, vertical angles limited & could be brighter outdoors.Graphics power limited but responsive multi-touch. Overall great deal

Tablet PC / Netbook

Asus Eee T191, $400
  

10.1”

1024×600

Intel Z520 1.33GHz

Webcam

225x164x28.5 mm

954 g

3-5 hours

Good contrast but not very bright display. Very underpowered.

Tablet PC / Netbook

Viliv S10 Blade, $799 – $1200

10.1”

 

Intel Z530 1.6-2.0GHz

Webcam

multi-touch

260x185x25

1210 g

6-10 hours est.

Thin & Light but bit overpriced & display angles below average. Multi-touch not as smooth as on other devices

Tablet PC

HP tm2

$800-$1200

12.1”
1280×800
Webcam
Optional ATI HD 4550 graphics (recommended)
multi-touch

2050 g

2-5 hours

Good performance & good responsive touch-screen for low price. Downside is screen contrast.

Tablet PC

Fujitsu Lifebook TH700/T730, $1149

12.1”, 200 nits
1280×800
Core i3-350M 2.26GHz
Webcam
multi-touch

1890 g

1-5 hrs est.

Haven’t found much info on this and other Fujitsu tablet PC’s

Tablet PC

Dell Latitude XT2

$2000 / $900 outlet

12”

1280×800

Core 2 Duo

1.2-1.6 GHz

no webcam

multi-touch

1690 g

2140 g

1-3 hours

2-7 hours with optional slice battery

Good screen but average performance and expensive. But at Dell Outlet you can get it for around $900.

Tablet PC

Lenovo X201t,
$1400-$2500

12.1”

1280×800

Core i5/i7

Webcam

single/pen or multi-touch

 

295x228x26.5

295x257x26.5

1600-1780g (4/8 cell battery)

1-3.5 hours (4cell)

3-6 hours (8cell)

Very fast and great display options (incl. outdoor). Very expensive but check for coupons and Lenovo’s outlet

Tablet PC

Fujitsu T900, $1600-$2000

13.3” non-refl.
1280×800
Core i5 or i7
Webcam

320x248x39mm

2380 g

1-3 hours
(+65% with optional 2nd battery)

Great display and viewable from almost any angle. Pricey though and poor battery life
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