Toshiba is hoping to join the low-cost PC ranks by launching a device that morphs the cost of netbooks with the function of a UMPC.
Basically looking like an iPhone on chrome-plated acid, the prototype device totes Windows Vista on an Intel Atom processor, with a 5.6 inch screen.
Although a little too dinky for the touchscreen keyboard, this could be remedied if a mooted nine inch version gets released, according to PC Authority Magazine.
The device also uses a similar motherboard as seen in Toshiba's Portege R500, as well as a 64GB SSD as well as GPS, with the antenna snugly curved under the housing.
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Checking the market
However, Toshiba is still looking at the market before deciding what it wants to release as its opening salvo in the low-cost market, according to Toshiba's Mark Whittard.
"We don't think this [prototype] is commercially viable, it's too small. Having said that, we will have a ULPC soon.
"We've been sitting back and looking at the marketplace," he said.
With the netbook market swiftly becoming swamped, it could be that a fusion between the UMPC - which has benefits but is frequently too battery hungry and overworking - and the netbook, which pops cheap components into a basic system, but lacks the necessary frills standard laptops cannot offer either.