Zol_mid

Oh, now isn't this interesting? It's a new slate-style MID from China with an incredibly compact docking station attachment that doubles the battery capacity of the device. The Linux-based MID itself isn't too thrilling, as it's only got a 624MHz Marvell PXA310 processor, 128MB of memory, and a 4GB SSD, but the dock makes it worth a look.

Even though the thick cord that comes out of the dock is an unsightly way to connect it to the MID (I wonder why a standard multi-pin docking connector wasn't used), it's still much nicer and more streamlined that an awkward dongle or ugly desktop dock.

Zol_mid_dock

The dock, or "MID Expansion" (as is printed on it), adds a headphone jack and ports for ethernet, USB, and VGA. I also see what looks like a monitor switch to control the output, WiFi LED, power switch, and power LED.

Zol_mid_batts

Both the MID (left) and dock (right) have their own 1500mAh li-ion batteries. It's not often that a dock attachment has its own portable power source. I don't know if it can draw power from the MID, but I love that it increases the device's functionality and runtime.

Zol_mid_screen

Zol_mid_ctrl

Without the dock, the MID has WiFi, Bluetooth, miniUSB port, scroll wheel, stereo speakers, and a webcam.

Zol_mid_ui

The user interface looks like a combination of the Nokia Internet Tablets' OS2008, the iPhone OS, and Midinux. Based on other screenshots, the device evidently runs Firefox, MSN, and Gmail (among other things) and has a PDF reader, media app (both the WMP and iTunes icons are used), photo viewer, and email client.

Zol_mid_phone

Oh yeah, it's also a phone.

Right. So the software is obviously in need of some work (read: originality) and the hardware is nothing special, but that dock is something. I think it's a good idea that another company could probably make better.

[tech.163.com]