By Lisa Johnston
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PCD unveiled its first cellular-connected netbooks and first cellular-connected MID (mobile Internet device) at CES as part of its plan to expand beyond cellular handsets.
All three models, targeted for sale through cellular carriers, feature Wi-Fi and are designed to incorporate either a CDMA 1X EV-DO cellular module or an HSDPA module.
The first product available from PCD's new advanced devices division will be the Haier-made X220 netbook, expected to be available through a carrier in the second quarter. It features 10.1-inch LCD screen that flips open for use like a traditional laptop, but the screen also pivots and folds over to create a tablet-style device with touchscreen.
The Windows-based 1.13-inch by 7.3-inch by 10.3-inch X220 will run either Windows XP or Windows 7, depending on carrier preference. It features Intel Atom N270 533MHz processor, 160GB hard drive, 1GB memory (with optional 2GB), embedded microphone and Web camera, and SD/MS/MMC card reader.
The second netbook, the Haier-made X210, offers similar capabilities and the same CPU but lacks pivoting touchscreen display.
The MID, shown in prototype form, is an Android 1.5-based touchscreen-only device with 5-inch 800 by 480 display. The Wi-Fi-equipped device can be outfitted with embedded HSDPA or CDMA EV-DO wireless module. Other features of the 4.6- by 3- by 0.7-inch device include GPS, Google Maps, MicroSD slot, 2-megapixel camera and FM radio.
In handsets, the marketing and distribution company showed the Casio-made Gz One Brigade, the latest in a line of Casio-made ruggedized phones. The new one is the first Casio-made ruggedized phone with full QWERTY keyboard, which slides out horizontally from one side of the phone.
The Brigade, due in a few months from Verizon Wireless, features CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A wireless technology and push-to-talk functionality. Via Verizon's email redirection service, it's the first Casio-made ruggedized phone to receive email from a user's corporate mailbox.
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