We're all for gadgets that refuse to fall simply into predefined categories. But we have to admit we're a little stumped as to what exactly we should call the AdvanceTC Magic W3.
You see it can take calls, just like a phone. But it's also got a 4.8in screen, which is really delving into small tablet territory. And to top it off, it runs a full desktop version of Windows 7, just like a computer. No wonder they called it the Magic...
And credit where it's due – we'd never heard of AdvanceTC, and probably wouldn't have given the Magic W3 a second look were it not for its quirky combination of talents.
That said, the 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor deserves a mention all on its own, plus there's 1GB of RAM to keep Windows 7 zipping along nicely. That 4.8in screen boasts a respectable 800 x 480 resolution and can handle 720p video playback, and while there's no camera on board, you do have a 1.3-megapixel webcam for some video chat action.
To finish off the spec sheet highlights, there's a decent 32GB allowance of on-board storage as well as a mini-HDMI port. Handily, use the latter to hook up the Magic W3 to an external display, and connect up a keyboard and mouse via USB, and you can effectively dock it as a mobile CPU.
There's no word yet as to what the Magic W3 will cost, or indeed when it will be available. In the meantime, we'll be scratching our heads trying to figure out what to call it. For its part, AdvanceTC calls it “the world's first pocketable Windows®7 microcomputer, with integrated telephony”. Yes, well, it would be, wouldn't it?