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ROAD S101 / S101K
At first glance, the ROAD S101 looks like a new version of the Nokia 9500, but it isn't. In fact, the S101 is a Linux powered device from a German startup called ROAD GmbH(ROAD stands for Remote Office Access Devices).
 

 ROAD S101 / S101K   

    

Dubbed the HandyPC, the phone-computer combo is based on the Linux operating system and Trolltech's Qtopia GUI. It's a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board too.

Opening the clamshell device reveals a QWERTZ keyboard and a 640 x 240 display - closed, the unit presents a 102 x 65 monochrome phone screen. The HandyPC contains the usual array of PIM and messaging apps, along with a viewer to read Microsoft Office files. It will ship with PC synchronisation tools, media player software and a web browser. It can even be used as a voice recorder.

Road said it will offer two variants: the S101 and the S101K. The two are almost identical - the S101K simply adds what the company described only as "encryption" to the standard package - presumably support for protected VPNs and the like.

The hardware's the same in both versions. A 400MHz Intel PXA264 CPU powers the device, which also contains 64MB of RAM and 64MB of Flash. It sports a two megapixel camera and includes a 1,500mAh lithium-polymer battery - good, said Road, for four hours' talk time, 240 hours on stand-by, or five hours' PC usage.

The S101 weighs 210g and measures 12.8 x 6 x 2.6cm.

Road hasn't said when it expects to ship the HandyPC, or how much it will charge for the device. It did say it's working on a larger, more notebook-like version, dubbed the L101.


Technical Features

Software

Standard applications
GSM telephone with SMS/MMS
PIM with
  • Address book
  • Appointment diary
  • Tasks

    Pocket calculator
    Dictaphone set
    Drawing Application
    MP3 Player
    PC synchronisation MS Outlook et al.
    Remote Access
    Internet Browser
    E-mail client (POP and IMAP), multiple accounts
    Office Viewer (MS Word, MS Excel, Adobe PDF)

    Customer-related applications

    Encryption (only S101K)
    Business-applications for direct access to company servers
    Provider-related Online-Services

    Operating system

    LINUX Kernel 2.6.x
    Qtopia Graphic user interface

    Hardware

    GSM Telephone
  • Display: LCD monochrome 102x65 pixel
  • Keyboard: 20-key standard layout
  • Speech output via earphones or hands-free speaking system

    -  PC
  • Display: Colour TFT 640x240 pixel with touchscreen
  • Keyboard: 63-key PC-compatible layout

    -  Dictaphone set / Audioplayer

  • 4 separate keys for control
  • Replay via loudspeaker / earphones

    -  Camera (optional) 2 Megapixel

    Running time

    GSM Telephone: active 4 hours, standby 240 hours
    PC: active 5 hours, standby 30 days (GSM Telephone switched off)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connectivity

Wireless

  • GSM quadband (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz) with EDGE
  • WLAN
  • Bluetooth
  • IRDA infrared module
    -  Cable connection
  • USB 2.0, Mini-USB socket
  • SD-Card slot
  • Charging adapter 5V DC, at 1A
  • Telephone-headset or stereo earphones

    Inwards

    CPU Intel Xscale PXA 263 with 400 MHz
    Memory 128MB RAM, 64MB Flash
    Lithium Polymer 1500mAh battery, recharging time 3 hours
    Vibration alarm

    General Information

    Weight 210g including battery
    Dimensions 128x60x25mm


 

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