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OESF Portables Forum _ New products and alternatives _ Qi Ben Nanonote (fall 2009)

Posted by: mars Jul 21 2009, 12:42 PM

http://www.qi-hardware.com/products/ben-nanonote/

From some of the people who worked OpenMoko comes a venture to make copyleft handheld hardware.

Technical Specifications for initial version:

* 336 MHz MIPS-compatible CPU
* display: 3.0” color TFT
* resolution: 320 x 240, 16.7M color
* dimension (mm): 99 x 75 x 17.5 (lid closed)
* weight: 126 g (incl. battery)
* DRAM: 32MB Synchronous DRAM
* headphone jack (3.5 mm)
* SDHC microSD
* 850mAh Li-ion battery
* 2GB NAND flash memory
* mini-USB: USB 2.0 High-Speed Device
* speaker and microphone

Posted by: teh.sean Sep 2 2009, 06:46 PM

Looks good, but USB client only and no wifi connectivity makes this dead on the water for me.

The idea of a completely opensource hardware platform is great though! I hope that they can add a few features for a little extra cash. Buying a completely standalone linux machine for $100 US is a tough sell. The zipit is a similar platform with Wifi for less than $50, and those aren't exactly flying off the shelves, even though the platform is (mostly) open now.

It's got a way to go, but I'll be watching it!

Kinda makes me wonder what ever happened to the iKit thingy.

Posted by: Mickeyl Sep 10 2009, 01:40 PM

Indeed we all hope that Qi will produce more connected devices eventually... I for one can't wait for a decent free SmartPhone platform...

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