| Mobile Devices
| Tue, Jun 1 2010 6:12 AM CDT
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Qualcomm along with its Snapdragon showcase were also showing off its new Kayak device which is a truly innovative device which is one of the products you tend to mention when someone asks what have you seen that stood out so far at the show.
The Kayak is a computer phone device designed on the cheap with people in emerging markets such as China, Thailand and South Africa in mind. Based on Qualcomm hardware, the Kayak looks like a normal phone, but it actually has a computer inside the platform. With a 3G module also installed, carries in the aforementioned countries will provide its customers with the device and a SIM card to provide not only voice connection, but also data connection especially in areas that are not connected by traditional phone lines or for folks who cannot afford a computer or want a different type of functionality that what something like a notebook or netbook offers.
So, use the cell network, you can pickup handset and make calls as normal and send text messages over the known SMS network, but you can also hook up a mouse, keyboard and monitor and using Qualcomm's free and included Linux operating system, users also have basic PC functions such as web surfing.