Kaon Mobile straddles UMPC and PDA


Here’s a little device set to hit the Korean market in about a month and possibly the rest of the world this summer, pending a distribution deal. It’s manufactured by Kaon Mobile and is about the size of a smaller UMPC, featuring a sliding screen similar to the Sidekick Slide. It’s a slick looking little machine that caught my eye quicker than a booth babe holding a box of Dunkin’ Donuts.

Now for some unfortunate news. The rep I spoke with said that it’ll initially carry an MSRP of $599. That wouldn’t be too bad except that the machine doesn’t run XP. That there is Windows CE 5.0 Professional, folks. Also, you’ll need to keep that little SDIO/WiFi card plugged into the right side in order to serve as your wireless connection.

It’s got a 30-gigabyte hard drive (a 60-gigabyte version will also available) and there will also be some accessories like a home cradle and a car GPS kit. The processor is a Texas Instruments DaVinci capable of handling MPEG1/2/4, WMV7/8/9, DivX, and XviD video formats.