Motion launches A5 mini-tablet

Tablet PC maker Motion Computing has launched a small-size version of its slate tablet, the LS800, taking the format down to roughly an A5 notebook.

“It’s a new class of ultra-portable,” said Elizabeth Clark, head of product management. The 9 inches x 6.7 inches x 0.87 inches beast has a mass of 1 kilogram. This means it weighs 1 Newton, but the company was apparently not tempted to use that name, after Apple’s first disastrous foray into PDAs.

The device is a pure slate, like the laptop-sized LE1600 which Motion launched in May. The two Motion devices are both part of a wave of new-generation Tablets which are causing the much-maligned format to be re-assessed.

The LS800 has dual-array microphones, the same bright screen as the LE1600, and a carbon fiber casing. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in, with an SD slot, and Ethernet, and a fingerprint reader. It has a 1.2GHz Sonoma processor, 20GB of disk and 256MB to 512MB of memory. Any optical disks are external, and the price starts at

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