i-mate is reportedly working on a “shell” device that will feature a 1024×768 display (7 inch?), the full QWERTY keyboard and a battery that can last 80 hours. While this sounds to good to be truth, and somehow reminds us on Palm’s cancelled project (Foleo), this time we’re bit more optimistic.
First of all, I DO think there’s a room for a device that could fit somewhere between the full-blown laptop and a smartphone/PDA. The problem is that such a device should be affordable — after all, it IS the third device for most people. i-mate’s “shell” should apparently cost around $300 and rely on the smartphone to do all the processing and storage. Guess, they want to bundle their Ultimate phones with these “things.” Now, that’s something I don’t like, although I can imagine corporate customers loving it.
As usual, nothing is still confirmed, but that never stopped us from speculating.