China might be a great country for shopping if one desires to load up on cheap consumer electronic devices which bear more than a passing resemblance to existing products but at a fraction of the latter's selling price. However, that does not mean that the world's largest clone producer does not have its own set of original bang-for-buck devices for the domestic market, and the release of a new ultrathin notebook from Phecda should be proof of that.
It is probably common knowledge by now, but it stands that China is still the best place to buy cheap consumer electronic devices such as notebooks and tablets with decent hardware specifications. And this especially applies if one happens to want said consumer electronics devices to look almost like the real deal sold globally by established OEMs, but at a mere fraction of the latter's asking price.
That being said, not every single consumer electronic device in China has to be a clone: apparently, there are original products which bear little to no resemblance to the popular products sold by established OEMs globally. And Phecda's latest product: an ultrathin 13.3-inch notebook powered by NVIDIA's ION2 platform, is living proof that there is still some degree of originality left in the Middle Kingdom.
Currently codenamed the P13, Phecda's ultrathin notebook looks anything but generic. Apparently, Phecda has pulled out all the stops by opting to furnish the P13 with premium aluminium for its exterior instead of cheap, generic plastic. Unfortunately, the hardware used in the P13 is anything but premium: instead of the CULV processor typically found in such thin-and-light notebooks, Phecda apparently decided that the dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor would provide sufficient computing horsepower for most of today's basic tasks.
Fortunately, it seems that the weak processor was the only compromise Phecda has made in order to produce an ultrathin notebook which does not magically shrinks one's wallet after purchase. At least, the P13's screen is capable of a respectable 1366 x 768 resolution and comes with a myriad of I/O and connectivity options such as a 5-in-1 card reader and three USB 2.0 ports, along with both a VGA and HDMI-out port for external display purposes.
That being said, there seems to be one major flaw with Phecda's ultrathin P13 notebook, and it lies in the fact that the bundled 2200mAh lithion-ion battery is reportedly only capable of sustaining up to two hours of usage on a single charge. But if that does not sound like a serious enough flaw to affect your mobile productivity, the P13 can be had for only a mere US$365 (approx S$467), though you will have to get a Chinese friend to purchase one for you: they are exclusive to China only. Dang.
Source and images: M.I.C Digi