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Intel handtop PCs - a sneak peak

Looks as though technology giant HP is going to be getting back into the consumer PC market.

PC Advisor got a sneak peak at what we were assured was a fully functioning handtop PC this morning. Hardware manufacturer for portable convergence devices ThinkOutside showed us a vertically hinged demo model that it has created and that was badged as an HP iPaq.

Handtop PC, although a term already adopted by makers of very teeny subnotebook-type products, was the phrase Intel used to describe the PDA-sized computers it announced at August's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

At the time, Intel refused to name names and tell us which companies had expressed an interest in producing handtop models which run a desktop processor and a full version of Windows using well under a watt - perhaps as little as 0.5W. They will be "always connected" mobile comms devices.

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