Its features included a 6.8 inch 480 x 320 resolution 16-shade gray-scale display with a back light, stylus pen, and a full sized keyboard. The eMate had a 25 MHz ARM 710a processor, 8 MB of ROM, 3 MB of RAM (1MB of DRAM, 2 MB of Flash Memory for user storage), a PCMCIA slot, IrDA-beaming capabilities, and a Newton InterConnect port for multiple connectivity options.
Power came from built-in rechargeable batteries, which lasted up to 28 hours on full charge. And all these features fit inside its translucent aquamarine and black "clam-shell" portable case that resembled a traditional laptop rather than a handheld. The eMate's design eventually influenced the first iBook series.