Everex Cloudbook Enters UMPC Race

Everex is planning to offer a competitor to Asus' nifty EEE PC. The "Cloudbook" UMPC (ultra-mobile PC) will be available in early 2008. All you open source fans out there will be interested to hear it will ship with the gOS Google Apps optimized Linux distro. 

Like the EEE PC, the Cloudbook will use a 7-inch WVGA (800x480) LCD display, along with an identical keyboard, albeit in a different color, our source close to the company said.

That's where the similarities end, though. The EEE PC uses a 900MHz Celeron processor, whereas Cloudbook will use a Via C7 ULV (ultra-low voltage), clocked at 1.2GHz. And, instead of the EEE PC's 4GB SSD (solid-state disk), the Cloudbook will pack in a 30GB hard disk drive.

Other preliminary Cloudbook specs confirmed by our source include 512MB of RAM, built-in wired and wireless Ethernet interfaces, a 4-in-1 card reader, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, and DVI-out. Thanks to DVI-to-HDMI and other available converters, the Cloudbook should "hook up to most multimedia equipment," said our source, citing projectors and TVs with digital interfaces

Projected to be priced at $400. Want. There's a "Developer" version with a touchscreen? Double-plus want!

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