As much flak we've given UMPCs
throughout the first generation, at least most of those devices know what they're all about: frustrating users with short battery life and lacking input options. Unfortunately, it's a bit more confusing with this upcoming ELT408 from UMEC, since it sports a convertible display that folds up for a traditional laptop look... without a keyboard underneath. We suppose it might be nice to offer users a sort of adjustable stand, and hopefully UMEC is making good use of the space for a battery and whatnot, but that doesn't mean they aren't crazy for slapping such an appendage onto what looks to be an otherwise interesting UMPC. Based on a undetermined 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, the ELT408 sports a traditional 7-inch LCD (at a untraditional supposed VGA resolution, but we're hoping that's a typo), a 40GB HDD, 1.3 megapixel camera, Ethernet and modem jacks, 802.11g WiFi, ExpressCard slot, 4-in-1 card reader, and, most surprisingly, two hole HDMI ports for use with your HDTV. Pretty dang odd, but we'll be keeping an eye out for this when it debuts at CES to find out of UMEC can pull it all together.