Granted, a mobile phone that transforms into a clamshell minicomputer is not novel. The premium business handset, the Nokia Communicator, immediately comes to mind. However, the LonMID M100 device by NFS is possibly the first to sport an Intel Atom chipset under the hood.
The convertible tablet design, with dimensions of 6 inches by 3.5 inches by 1 inch, brings to mind PDA models like the Sony Clie PEG-UX50 and Dopod 900. But what's unique about the M100 is that a traditional mobile phone with numeric keyboard and a 2.4-inch panel is available on the top lid for quick SMS and phone calls.
The internal 4.8-inch screen has an 800x480-pixel resolution and is powered by an 800MHz Intel Atom Z500 processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB SSD storage. Other features include Bluetooth, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a MicroSD card slot, and USB connectivity. The unit runs on the Midinux operating system (based on Red Flag Linux), which means you won't have to contend with long Windows bootup sequences.
The LonMID M100 is currently in the prototype stage and its actual launch date and price are not available at this time.