Interesting comments from an AMtek rep at the Computex trade show in Taipei. AMtek manufacturers the TabletKiosk eo. Looks like the rep needs to get a reality check on its own battery life, though. It is more like one and a half hours on their first shipments. It is good to see them addressing the problems, though.
The unnamed AMtek rep appears to be speaking of concern that manufacturers in general are having, and not just AMtek. These first year concerns are to be expected, but the overall message that keeps getting sent back is that they are too much money. We’ll see the price go down eventually – they always do.
Here is a snippet from the ComputerInteractive article.
Criticism of early UMPCs has focused on high prices, poor battery life, and excessive weight and heat. The same criticisms have bedevilled past attempts at similar handheld PC concepts.
An AMtek representative, who did not wish to be named, conceded that manufacturers are concerned. >
A major problem is that users are comparing UMPCs with what seems to them the most similar existing product, the notebook PC.
“The price is quite high if you compare it to a notebook,” the representative admitted. Battery life, at two to two-and-a-half hours, is also unsatisfactory, he added.
AMtek’s T700 UMPC should sell for around $800 to $900. The 850g product has a 1GHz VIA C7M low-voltage CPU, 512MB of memory, and a 800 x 480 pixel 7in LCD display.