Dummies of the Asus M930i smartphone has been demoed at various Asus press events. OK – we know the specs…but did you ever see the box in action? We recently managed to get our claws on such a box for approximately 10 minutes(a “dummy”…but a bit of charging revived it…until it was snatched out of our hands) – here are loads of pictures:
Before we get started, here’s a look at the official specs. The device is said to ship in Q2/2008, and will cost between 500 and 600€(depending on the amount of bundled hardware, e.g. if a memory card is included):
After these images, Asus folks managed to coax the device out of my hands…and it was nowhere to be seen afterwards. However, I can confirm that the device is alive and well – Asus could IMHO release it whenever they feel like it.
From an usability standpoint, I dare to question the tradeoffs made in the M930i’s design. The internal QVGA screen is too small(and – according to their press release – has a smaller resolution than the 240×400 outer one) for my taste. The hinge – while flexible – lacks a “fixed point” where the device stays in an upright position…once the hinge loosens, the device can IMHO no longer be used “in laptop mode”.
Don’t get me wrong – the M930i is a great idea…but it still has a long way to the Zen of Windows Mobile Smartphone boxen….