With seven articles on the S-XGen in my inbox (via google alerts) by 7:00am this morning you’d think that the SX-Gen is the next big thing. But let’s take a look at this gadget.
“The S-XGen is a handheld device that eliminates the need for a separate laptop, cellular phone, Tablet PC and PDA. WiFi, Bluetooth and tri-band cellular wireless technology as well as Ethernet connectivity come standard with S-XGen as does both USB and RJ45 input options. Built with an Intel PXA 270 Xscale™ 520 MHz processor, the base unit includes 256MB of RAM and a 20GB hard drive. The S-XGen comes with Microsoft® Windows® CE 5.0 and is ready to run Microsoft Office® Mobile Suite (included).
The total size of the S-XGen is approximately 6.5 inches long by 3.8 inches wide and it weighs only 14 oz. The unit comes with a 4-inch TFT 470 x 280 resolution monitor / touch screen, a built-in 280 pixel web video camera and functionality buttons for gaming applications, camera and computing. The S-XGen is also uniquely designed with a Qwerty near full-size fold-out keyboard and a battery life rated at an industry high of 8 hours of use.
The MSRP of the S-XGen with Microsoft Office included is $1,400.00. Units are available for immediate delivery. ”
Ok let’s look at what they are offering us in this new gadget… Bluetooth good, WIFI, RJ45 useful, but it’s only got a 520mHz Xscale processor and will be running Windows CE. Oh and costing the poor purchaser $14000! You Have Got To Be Kidding Me!
To put this into perspective, you get a screen that is less than the 7in screen on any of the current UMPC’s, you get CE not XP, you get a slower processor, and you pay more!?!? I don’t get it. Realistically this device is on par with a higher end Dell Axim, that’s it.
I will give the S-XGen that it has some sort of cellular connectivity and the keyboard that it seems everyone wants on their UMPC, but to be what described by some as the end all and be all of UMPCs, try again. The UMPC-like device that is worth keeping an eye on in my opinion is the Kohjinsha SA1F00A. Steve over at Carrypad managed to get his hands on one, and thus far has only great things to say about it.