Flybook soars through Gitex skies with roaring response

Italian company, Dialogue, is highlighting its Flybook — an ultra portable class notebook — at the show. It sports support for wireless ethernet, GPRS and Bluetooth connectivity. GPS (global positioning system) is also supported. As a result, the Flybook is the world’s first notebook that is fully 3G compliant.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  September 29, 2005

Italian company, Dialogue, is highlighting its Flybook — an ultra portable class notebook — at the show. It sports support for wireless ethernet, GPRS (general packet radio service) and Bluetooth connectivity. GPS (global positioning system) is also supported. As a result, the Flybook is the world’s first notebook that is fully 3G compliant. Thanks to its compact size and technical specifications, Dialogue has attracted scores of visitors to its booth in Hall 1. “We’ve had a tremendous response this year and we owe it all to the Flybook,” says Giulio Zompi, international sales director, Dialogue. To take full advantage of the notebook’s 3G functionality, users need only slot in a SIM card. “Making a call is then only a matter of using the ‘control centre’ software. This is a virtual telephone that you can use to both make and receive phone calls,” explains Zompi. The Flybook, despite boasting very tight dimensions, sports near portable notebook specifications, claims the firm. This includes a 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe processor, 512M/bytes of memory and a 40G/byte hard disk. The operating system pre-installed as standard is Microsoft’s Windows XP Home Edition SP1. According to the company, interaction with the Flybook is a cinch too. “The Flybook is easy to interact with. Besides boasting a light 1.2kg operating weight, you get the standard keyboard, a mouse pointer and parascript rite pen. This is essentially a stylus that you can use to write directly onto the screen and thanks to the pre-installed software, the Flybook will immediately recognise your handwriting,” explains Zompi. The firm reckons its Flybook will appeal to business users and executives who need to get on with their work while on the move. And, with several different colours to choose from, ‘users need never choose functionality over form’, says Zompi. Dialogue has already partnered with local distributor, Nasco, to promote its notebook, which will retail at US $1,768. “Gitex is an ideal opportunity for us to show off our products and we hope to see the Flybook’s sales take off in the future in the Middle East,” says Zompi.

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