It’s impossible to look at this little slate, trifold leather case, and keyboard combo and not think of the Samsung Q1 organizer pack. But if what you’re expecting of the 5.8" x 3.0" x 1.0" device is a new IDF-revealed UMPC or MID running Vista or Linux on an Intel Atom processor, then please avert your eyes while I explain that the 12-ounce you see here is actually a cross between a PMP, an e-dictionary, and a PDA. It’s called the Nurian Avatar F1 (or F1 Avatar) and despite the disappointment to UMPC/MID fans, it’s got some decent specs.
Housed inside the black and silver casing are a 30GB hard drive, 600MHz Alchemy Au1250 processor, Windows CE 5.0 Core, and a removable 2500mAh li-ion battery. The Avatar also features TV-Out, USB 2.0 host and device ports, DMB, voice recorder, and support for XviD, DivX, and OGG, as well as the "standard" array of codecs. Its 4.3" touchscreen has a resolution of 480 x 272, which would really only be unacceptable if it had a web browser and wi-fi (like its Z1 sibling). But since it doesn’t, the screen seems perfectly suitable for video playback.
The Nurian Avatar may not be a real x86-based UMPC, but there’s no mistaking the use of the "UMPC" term in the Korean description above.
Here are some additional pictures:
If you don’t mind that the questionably translated phrase "Be All Eagerness To Do" is printed on the device, the Nurian Avatar F1 is available in Korea now for about $450.