Flybook sequels take off

It was back in July last year that the original Flybook landed on our desks with the world’s quietest thud. We’ve missed its ghostly presence in our r

It was back in July last year that the original Flybook landed on our desks with the world’s quietest thud. We’ve missed its ghostly presence in our rucksacks ever since, but now it’s back with two new models to sate our ultraportable yearnings.  

Refinement rather than revolution is the order of the day for the V33i (above) and V55i. The original was never short on firepower despite its tiny frame, but the newbies replace the Transmeta Crusoe processor with a nippier Intel 1.1Ghz Pentium M affair.

The other main difference is a wireless networking speed injection thanks to the inclusion of 54mbps Wi-Fi to back up the GPRS and Bluetooth.

Apart from those tweaks, it’s still the same ultraportable we’ve come to know and prod – the lean 1.2kg frame, 8.9in screen and swinging, tablet-style touchscreen are all intact.

The standard hard-drive is 40GB – you can also get 80GB and 100GB versions – and the battery should keep chugging along for three hours. A six-hour lithium ion add-on is also an option, but the extra bulk will reduce its status to merely veryportable.

The V55i also adds a 1.3MP camera and an SD/MMC slot to the mix for an extra premium.

At the moment, the V33i is the only model that’s definitely UK-bound – it’ll be available from May from gadget gurus Seventh Heaven for an as yet unknown price. We’ll let you know as soon as details of the V55i emerge.