Local company dishes out Magic

  • TECH
  • Thursday, 24 Feb 2011

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LOCAL company Advance Tech Communications Sdn Bhd recently gave reporters a sneak preview of their Magic W3 device, which it calls “the world’s first pocketable Microsoft Windows 7 microcomputer with integrated telephony.”

Essentially a Tablet computer, this Malaysian-designed and assembled device uses a stylus-based input on its 4.8in touchscreen to navigate and input information into the full Windows 7 operating system.

According to Advance Tech’s managing director Shaiful Annuar Bin Ahmad Shaffie, the company has a patent pending on the integration of the GSM/3G chipset into a fully-functioning Windows 7 Home Premium computer.

Under the hood, this tiny Tablet has pretty much standard specifications — it runs on an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, an 800 x 480-pixel touchscreen (with 800 x 600-pixel and 1,024 x 600-pixel resolutions available via interpolation), 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, a 32GB SSD, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and a quad-band GSM chipset with 3.5G HSPA.

There is also a docking station which allows the user to connect the device to a full-sized monitor and keyboard and use it like a desktop PC.

However, when it hits the market this June, the Magic W3 will face stiff competition from current and upcoming Tablets on the market, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Apple iPad and the HP TouchPad device running WebOS.

While devices like the iPad and Galaxy Tab don’t run full desktop operating systems, they have larger screens and much longer battery life than the 2.5 hours that the Magic W3 is rated for when running Windows 7.

The Magic W3 has no local pricing yet, but according Shaifful Annuar, the target price is around US$1,350 (about RM4,100) when it hits the China and Hong Kong markets, which far exceeds any current Tablet being sold in the market.

++++ www.advancetc.com

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