As most people would agree, a touchscreen-based soft keyboard still has a ways to go before being comparable to a decent hardware keyboard. But in the case of most tablet MIDs out there, consumers don't have much choice. One company looking to change that is Taiwanese firm Inventec with its Dr. Eye Android MID, which features a full QWERTY keyboard in a miniature clamshell form factor very reminiscent of an e-dictionary.
On show at Computex this week, the Dr. Eye MID runs Android 2.1 powered by a 624MHz Marvell processor, with a 4.8-inch WVGA capacitive touch screen, 128MB RAM, 512MB of local flash storage expandable with a microSD card (up to 16GB), a front facing VGA webcam, and WiFi connectivity. The device measures a compact 5.5 x 3.3 x 0.8 inches and weighs less than 8.8 ounces. Intended primarily for students, the Dr. Eye will be available in three configurations differing in terms of connectivity options. The N18 base model will only include the WiFi as described above, the mid-range N23 adds, GPRS and Bluetooth, while the top-end N31 also adds 3G. Check out more images of the keyboard-packing MID after the break.
Engadget China via ChiniTech]