Announced way back in February 2005, ROAD has been promising this Handy-PC Linux dreamphone of theirs for a while now, and even stated in late 2005 that they'd have it out by Q1 2006. Well, it still hasn't materialized, but their new concept version of the phone looks a tad snazzier and a bit more for-reals. The specs haven't really gone anywhere, it's still a QWERTZ clamshell with Bluetooth, WiFi, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and a 640 x 240 display. When closed the unit acts like a slightly chunky candybar (pictured after the break) -- ala Nokia 9300 -- with a 102 x 65 monochrome display. What's new is a fleshed out Qtopia GUI (the Handy-PC was still running Windows screenshots back when we saw it last), which looks functional, if a tad busy. The device is powered by a 400MHz Xscale CPU, and comes in two flavors: the S101 and S101K, the latter of which adds a 2 megapixel camera and encryption of some sort. You can "advance order" your very own Handy-PC right now, but since there's no word on when it will be available, or for how much, we figure we're in for a bit of a wait yet.

[Via El Reg]

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ROAD keeps their Linux Handy-PC concept alive