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The MAGIC W3 Microcomputer Fits in Your Pocket

By - Source: AdvanceTC | B 24 comments

Is it a fancy smartphone, a small tablet, or a PC that can fit into your pocket? The line is beginning to blur.

AdvanceTC has revealed a device that could be mistaken for a smartphone at first glance. It could even be confused for a small-screen tablet based on the hardware underneath its 4.8-inch screen. But the MAGIC W3 is neither according to the company. Instead, it's a small "microcomputer" that fits right into your pocket.

AdvanceTC reports that its new MAGIC W3 is powered by the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530 CPU and Microsoft's full-blown Windows 7 Home Premium installed on a 32 GB SSD. There's also 1 GB of RAM and the display itself features an 800 x 480 resolution with interpolated 800 x 600 and 1024 x 600 also available.

To make Windows 7 Home Premium even manageable on such a small form factor, the MAGIC W3 will come with a custom UI which is "integrated with the device to bring you seamless control of your voice calls and SMS within the Windows 7 OS environment."

For connectivity, the device offers GSM Quad Band and 3.5G HSPA for telephony options and Wi-Fi b/g for accessing local networks. Other features include Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, a GPS transceiver, a 1.3MP webcam and a 3200 Mah 3.7V battery. There's also a mini-HDMI port, a mini-USB port, a micro-SD slot, a SIM card slot, charging and docking I/O and a 3.5-mm jack for headphones.

On the software front, the microcomputer will come packed with Windows Live Essentials and Microsoft Office Starter already installed. "The MAGIC W3 is engineered to provide consumers with true windowed multitasking, multimedia entertainment, social connectivity, navigation capability, voice telephony, and the full internet experience," the company said.

Currently pricing and availability is not available, so stay tuned.

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    maxiim , February 28, 2011 8:36 PM
    Cool, but definitely worthless with all the phones out right now, complemented by the new tablets.
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    rubix_1011 , February 28, 2011 8:37 PM
    This will be the future of enterprise laptops/cell phones. 1 device will accomplish both tasks at some point, and likely sooner than later.
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    randomstar , February 28, 2011 8:41 PM
    Just give it a charging dock with USB for keyboard and HDMI connected monitor, and this would work just fine for 90% of ppl.
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    randomstar , February 28, 2011 8:43 PM
    give option for 2-3GB ram and 64GB storage, and it would be just fine with win7 PRO
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    randomstar , February 28, 2011 8:47 PM
    Oh, and BTW, if its reasonable, I WANT TWO- without crysis.
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    Anonymous , February 28, 2011 8:55 PM
    "To make Windows 7 Home Premium even manageable on such a small form factor, the MAGIC W3 will come with a custom UI "

    Translation: the UI will sorta work if you're using it as a phone or running the shell, but you'll be FUCKED the moment you try to fire up an app that isn't specifically created for this platform. Sorta shoots the purpose of desktop / phone integration...

    BTW, haven't things like this been available for years - with essentially ZERO traction in the market? To me, this looks like a netbook without the convenience of a physical keyboard and a smaller display.
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    ltbob , February 28, 2011 10:07 PM
    Me wants
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    megamanx00 , February 28, 2011 10:34 PM
    I'll take an andriod phone instead. kthxby
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    cphorn15 , February 28, 2011 10:38 PM
    realwindoesftl"To make Windows 7 Home Premium even manageable on such a small form factor, the MAGIC W3 will come with a custom UI "Translation: the UI will sorta work if you're using it as a phone or running the shell, but you'll be FUCKED the moment you try to fire up an app that isn't specifically created for this platform. Sorta shoots the purpose of desktop / phone integration...BTW, haven't things like this been available for years - with essentially ZERO traction in the market? To me, this looks like a netbook without the convenience of a physical keyboard and a smaller display.


    It's what's known as a umpc (ultra mobile pc) and yeah, there is almost no market for this kind of thing.

    Price-performance for these things such. You don't get them for performance, you get them for utility, and this is already being satisfied by the tablet and smartphone industry.

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    cphorn15 , February 28, 2011 10:39 PM
    *price performance sucks
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    everygamer , February 28, 2011 10:58 PM
    Where this could be cool is in combination with docking station, full monitor and keyboard support. Thus you go home and your phone is your computer rather than a phone that can sync with a computer.
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    darkavenger123 , February 28, 2011 11:27 PM
    This is rubbish. There was already a Windows XP phone previously. Anyone owns that??? No?? There.
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    Marco925 , March 1, 2011 12:32 AM
    darkavenger123This is rubbish. There was already a Windows XP phone previously. Anyone owns that??? No?? There.

    And people failed at making tablets before. did people previously own tablets before iPad? No. And that seemed to break
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    jskilnyk , March 1, 2011 1:44 AM
    I rather have a full desktop linux than windows. Easier to customize as far as putting it on the phone goes. Better yet, scratch the phone all together. I rather have more portal PCs on the market than phones.
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    popatim , March 1, 2011 3:13 AM
    wow, it looks just like my Dell streak
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    Pyroflea , March 1, 2011 5:08 AM
    Nifty.
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    catchercradle , March 1, 2011 5:17 AM
    If I get given one it will have linux on it pdq. A friend tells me that on the atom it is worth using Gentoo as it compiles the kernel without all the 64 bit stuff.
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    Travis Beane , March 1, 2011 11:58 AM
    I miss the days of a UMPC with a ULV Core 2 chip, not these damned Atoms.
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    mdsiu , March 1, 2011 2:07 PM
    Looks great! I hope the 1080p playback via HDMI isn't shitty because of the Atom proc.
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    wiyosaya , March 1, 2011 2:49 PM
    Interesting device. I would like to know more.
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