EraThink EraPalm – Is it Handheld Game Console or Netbook or Tablet?
It may look like a PlayStation Portable wannabe, but the EraThink EraPalm is actually a full-fledged Windows 7 UMPC Erathink Technologies, a company from Shanghai, introduced a device with a 5-inch slide-out touchscreen, a full QWERTY keyboard, and on the sides, gaming controls at the China Consumer Electronics Fair in Shenzhen, China.
EraThink has a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen running at 800×480 that hides a full QWERTY keyboard. Not only that but it also has a D-Pad as most handhelds do and four buttons labeled A, B, C, D as well as what looks like two shoulder buttons.
The EraPalm has similar to Xperia’s controls, which are to us gamble our games much easier. Not necessarily the wrong approach, because the on-screen gaming on the game controller is not always the last word. Other specs include an unspecified Z atom processor, 3G, Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, and USB ports. Whether such a device will ever reach European climes, is unclear. Unlike the XPERIA Play and like the Switchblade, the EraPalm will run Microsoft’s desktop-class Windows 7 operating system. The device has a hardware design reminiscent of the Sidekick with a 5-inch display that slides up to reveal a full keyboard. Flanking the sides–in landscape orientation–are gaming controls. Like the Razor concept, the EraPalm will utilize an Intel Atom processor.
Its price and release date are currently unavailable.