Never get lost with GPS notebook-phone

 

Italian vendor Dialogue has launched the Flybook, an ultra-portable full-featured tablet notebook complete with WLAN, Bluetooth, GPRS, 3G and GPS functionality.

Italian vendor Dialogue has launched the Flybook, an ultra-portable full-featured tablet notebook complete with WLAN, Bluetooth, GPRS, 3G and GPS functionality.

The vendor has also outlined plans to sign a gaggle of Australian distributors, retailers, service providers and telecommunications carriers to punt the product, which it believes is unique in the marketplace.

Shaddi Haddad, newly-appointed chief of Australian operations at Dialogue, said the Flybook was a full-featured hybrid notebook and swivel-screen tablet with mobile phone and GPS functionality.

The company would sign two major distributors, two carriers and a support services provider for Australia within four to six weeks. About 100 resellers were sought, Haddad said.

"Our main focus internationally has been Europe and the UK. We launched in the US two weeks ago and we're just coming on board in the Asia-Pacific," he said.

The Flybook had been on the world market seven months but Dialogue was now launching its Australian push, showing the product at CeBIT in Sydney and Computex in Taiwan, he said.

Dialogue was operating out of temporary premises in Sydney's North Ryde but was seeking a site for an Asia-Pacific headquarters in Sydney, he said.

"We're actually bedding down agreements with a services provider to do warranty and support locally," he said. "Our model is 100 percent channel."

Flybook's hybrid functionality had been sparking intense interest at CeBIT in Sydney last week. "It's a cross-over product, mid-way between a really small laptop and a PDA," Haddad said.

So far, the company had won about 17 percent of the European tablet market, but he couldn't release further detail, Haddad said.

The Flybook comes in six colours: black, blue, red, yellow, white and platinum. A handbag-type carrybag or briefcase-type carryall were included, Haddad said.

Haddad said the ultraportable, which weighed 1.2kg, had WAN connectivity to cover 2G, 2.5G, 3G, Wi-Fi-based WLAN and Bluetooth. It had FireWire, USB, LAN, PCMCIA and LAN ports too.

"You get the GPS receiver built into it and optional GPS antennae," Haddad said. "You add the mapping software."

Dialogue plans to offer a three year warranty and on-site support through its local service provider, Haddad added.

The company believed it was the world's smallest tablet so far, he said.

The Windows XP Professional for Tablet PC-loaded Flybook was 235mm x 155mm. Users could plug in a SIM card to make GSM voice calls or surf the web via GPRS, he said.

"You're not using a 'lite' OS," Haddad said.

Specifications released by the company boast for the $3499 Flybook a 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe TM-5800 processor, 512MB of DDR RAM, 8.9-inch TFT active matrix touchscreen display and 40GB hard drive.

The hard drive was upgradeable to 160GB and the memory to 1.5GB.


 


 
 
 
Top Stories
Frugality as a service: the Amazon story
Behind the scenes, Amazon Web Services is one lean machine.
 
Negotiating with the cloud email megavendors
[Blog post] Lessons from Woolworths’ mammoth migration.
 
Qld govt to move up to 149k staff onto Office 365
Australia's largest deployment, outside of the universities.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...

Latest VideosSee all videos »

The great data centre opportunity on Australia's doorstep
The great data centre opportunity on Australia's doorstep
Scott Noteboom, CEO of LitBit speaking at The Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit 2014 in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. http://bit.ly/1qpxVfV Scott Noteboom is a data centre engineer who led builds for Apple and Yahoo in the earliest days of the cloud, and who now eyes Asia as the next big opportunity. Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/372482,how-do-we-serve-three-billion-new-internet-users.aspx#ixzz2yNLmMG5C
Interview: Karl Maftoum, CIO, ACMA
Interview: Karl Maftoum, CIO, ACMA
To COTS or not to COTS? iTnews asks Karl Maftoum, CIO of the ACMA, at the CIO Strategy Summit.
Susan Sly: What is the Role of the CIO?
Susan Sly: What is the Role of the CIO?
AEMO chief information officer Susan Sly calls for more collaboration among Australia's technology leaders at the CIO Strategy Summit.
Meet the 2014 Finance CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Finance CIO of the Year
Credit Union Australia's David Gee awarded Finance CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards.
Meet the 2014 Retail CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Retail CIO of the Year
Damon Rees named Retail CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at Woolworths.
Robyn Elliott named the 2014 Utilities CIO of the Year
Robyn Elliott named the 2014 Utilities CIO of the Year
Acting Foxtel CIO David Marks accepts an iTnews Benchmark Award on behalf of Robyn Elliott.
Meet the 2014 Industrial CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Industrial CIO of the Year
Sanjay Mehta named Industrial CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at ConocoPhillips.
Meet the 2014 Healthcare CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Healthcare CIO of the Year
Greg Wells named Healthcare CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at NSW Health.
Meet the 2014 Education CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Education CIO of the Year
William Confalonieri named Healthcare CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at Deakin University.
Meet the 2014 Government CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Government CIO of the Year
David Johnson named Government CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at the Queensland Police Service.
Q and A: Coalition Broadband Policy
Q and A: Coalition Broadband Policy
Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott discuss the Coalition's broadband policy with the press.
AFP scalps hacker 'leader' inside Australia's IT ranks.
AFP scalps hacker 'leader' inside Australia's IT ranks.
The Australian Federal Police have arrested a Sydney-based IT security professional for hacking a government website.
NBN Petition Delivered To Turnbull's Office
NBN Petition Delivered To Turnbull's Office
UTS CIO: IT teams of the future
UTS CIO: IT teams of the future
UTS CIO Chrissy Burns talks data.
New UTS Building: the IT within
New UTS Building: the IT within
The IT behind tomorrow's universities.
iTnews' NBN Panel
iTnews' NBN Panel
Is your enterprise NBN-ready?
Introducing iTnews Labs
Introducing iTnews Labs
See a timelapse of the iTnews labs being unboxed, set up and switched on! iTnews will produce independent testing of the latest enterprise software to hit the market after installing a purpose-built test lab in Sydney. Watch the installation of two DL380p servers, two HP StoreVirtual 4330 storage arrays and two HP ProCurve 2920 switches.
The True Cost of BYOD
The True Cost of BYOD
iTnews' Brett Winterford gives attendees of the first 'Touch Tomorrow' event in Brisbane a brief look at his research into enterprise mobility. What are the use cases and how can they be quantified? What price should you expect to pay for securing mobile access to corporate applications? What's coming around the corner?
Ghost clouds
Ghost clouds
ACMA chair Chris Chapman says there is uncertainty over whether certain classes of cloud service providers are caught by regulations.
Was the Snowden leak inevitable?
Was the Snowden leak inevitable?
Privacy experts David Vaile (UNSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre) and Craig Scroggie (CEO, NextDC) claim they were not surprised by the Snowden leaks about the NSA's PRISM program.
Latest Comments
Polls
Which bank is most likely to suffer an RBS-style meltdown?





   |   View results
ANZ
  20%
 
Bankwest
  9%
 
CommBank
  11%
 
National Australia Bank
  17%
 
Suncorp
  24%
 
Westpac
  19%
TOTAL VOTES: 1440

Vote