Apricot Portable was Apricot Computers' attempt at a portable computer, first released in November 1984. It had a 3.5" floppy drive, 4.77 MHz CPU and 256 KB RAM. It was the first computer to use an 80-column/25-line LCD and speech recognition for input/output. The speech recognition software held 4096 words, with only 64 available at a given time. It was also unique in the way that it had an infrared link between it and the keyboard; this was relatively new at the time. However, if an object blocked the infrared beam, communications would be cut off, of course. The Apricot also featured a somewhat Mac-like graphical interface. It was originally priced at £1965.
Manufactured by ACT in the UK in 1984
lntel 8086 at 5 Mhz
with 256k RAM, up to 1024k
VRAM 128k with the color option
External monitor : 640 x 256 (8 colors simultaneously out of a palette of 16)
Centronics parallel, RS232 serial,RGB monitor ports
Apricot-compatible expansion slot
One Sony 3.5'' disk-drive, double-sided, 720k
MS-DOS 2.11, Concurrent CP/M Version 3, CP/M 86
Date: November 1984
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