The spec sheet on the Flybook VM is just as impressive as the Flybook V5. You still get an Intel Core 2 Duo ULV U7600 processor, 2.0GB of DDR2 RAM, and an 80GB hard drive standard. The connectivity options are also the same, getting awash in GSM, HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0, and 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi. Interestingly, the standard battery is a little smaller than the V5. The VM gets a 3-cell (7800mAh) battery, whereas the V5 comes standard with a 6-cell (10800mAh) battery. There is an option for an extended battery as well.
Because it is a little bigger, the keyboard on the Flybook VM will be easier to use for the average person. The VM also gets a standard trackpad too, making the experience a little more familiar than the nub of the V5.
Flybook’s Roadmap for the Rest of 2008
What does the future hold for Dialogue Technology and Flybook. In speaking with the company, we hear that they are working on no fewer than three additions to the Flybook lineup, and all three of these laptops will be launching before the end of the year. Details are scarce, but they did say that they would be called the Flybook V6, Flybook V8, and Flybook V9. One of these will be priced at around $2,200 and we believe that all three will be based on the Intel Montevina platform.
Flybook is also working on agreements with service providers like Rogers Wireless in Canada and AT&T in the United States that will allow the cellular network operators to sell and distribute the Flybook line. The biggest hurdle for Canadian entry is the price of data, but with the pending launch of the 3G iPhone, we hope that HSDPA data will get a little more affordable for us Canucks.
If you thought that the Asus Eee PC, MSI Wind, and HP Mini-Note were impressive, wait until you get your hands on a Flybook. Considering that these things come loaded with Windows Vista Business too, you know that they mean business. Secondary laptop? Puh-lease. Either the Flybook V5 and VM can easily become your primary unit. Just realize that the pricing will match. A Flybook is no sub-$1000 unit.
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