Microsoft to demonstrate handheld media machine at CeBIT

By Justin Mann on March 3, 2006, 1:09 PM
And yet another iPod contendor could possibly stun the markets, with Microsoft planning something for CeBIT. Though this isn't completely substantiated, on the 9th, Microsoft is expected to demonstrate a rival iPod-like player, most likely with video capabilities as well considering its large 8" screen.

The New York Times news-paper on Friday said the new device is a smaller incarnation of a tablet personal computer designed primarily for entertainment. According to the report cited by Reuters, the first models will have roughly 8” (20.3 cm) screens and sell for about $1000 each, depending on the functions. Later versions may be smaller, with 4” screens.
To me, that doesn't sound like a carry-along mp3 player, but more like a handheld. It definitely sounds interesting, but I doubt it could be a serious contendor for the iPod, which has size as one of its key selling points. The features on the Microsoft device look pretty varied: drawing, videos, music, games, email... a smaller PDA, perhaps?




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nathanskywalker said:
Have fun with that.
DragonMaster said:
Instead of replacing your CD player, these replace you computer...
cyrax said:
Could be both. Make it into the ultimate handheld and i could see my self buying that. I'm staying away from the Sony psp and the God awful Nintendo DS.
crossfire851 said:
This would be a modder's/Hacker's dream, anyways these are like a redefenied laptop. I bet we will soon see more of these actually hitting the market around the holidays.
DragonMaster said:
[quote] This would be a modder's/Hacker's dream, anyways these are like a redefenied laptop. I bet we will soon see more of these actually hitting the market around the holidays.[/quote]Seems like a smaller tablet PC.
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