– PCD plans at the CTIA convention to show its first two cellular-connected
netbooks and first cellular-connected mobile Internet device (MID) 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 cellular module.
Privately, the company will a show a full-fledged tablet PC
without hard keyboard to generate feedback from potential customers.
One of the netbooks is the Haier-made X220 netbook, which 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
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 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.
The HSDPA-embedded tablet features 1,024 by 800 10-inch
touchscreen, Windows 7 Home Premium OS, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, HDMI output,
three USB ports and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n. It lacks cellular voice but could be
used with VoIP programs. A leather portfolio that protects the screen doubles
as a kickstand. The tablet is targeted to carriers that see potential in
leveraging Apple’s iPad visibility with a device that features removable
battery, memory expansion, and HDMI output, said marketing VP Joe Cufari.
In other products, PCD will show a device that transmits
cellphone content, including videos and games, via non-cellular wireless
technology to a TV screen. Details were unavailable.