Friday, July 25, 2008

Everex Cloudbook Max 3G

by Reuben Lee

Even as Everex prepares to ship its much-awaited 8.9-inch Cloudbook Max with WiMAX later this quarter, rumors are already spreading that the company will launch a 10.2-inch model to compete in the same space as the ASUS Eee PC 1000 and MSI Wind. The leak, which is said to come from within Everex's manufacturing partner FIC, also indicates that the new Cloudbook will feature onboard 3G connectivity and optional WiMAX.

It is not firm whether the new 10.2-inch Cloudbook will use an Intel Atom or VIA processor or that it will run on Windows XP or Linux, but the information revealed so far suggests a maximum of 2GB RAM, 1,024 x 600-pixel display and a 1.3-megapixel Web camera. Connectivity-wise, in addition to 3G and optional WiMAX, it will come with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, two USB ports, an ExpressCard slot and a 4-in-1 memory card reader. The Everex notebook, which has a 263 x 185 x 32mm footprint and weighs 1.2kg, is said to be bundled with a four- or six-cell battery.

According to the leak, the 10.2-inch Cloudbook is slated for a November launch this year. There is no word on whether it will make it to Southeast Asia. The 8.9-inch Cloudbook Max is expected to be launched in Taiwan and Japan next month, followed by the US in September.