Microsoft to demonstrate handheld media machine at CeBIT

By Justin Mann on
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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