A PC World blog has published photos of a pair of Origami devices — including the Samsung Q1 — on display at the CeBIT electronics show in Germany. It’s really hard to tell much from the photographs, which look like they were taken surreptitiously with a cellphone, and kinda have same perspective as pictures from Mars: is that rock 3ft tall or 300ft tall.
In any event, an accompanying article explains the following:
- It’s a handheld, measuring 6″x8″
- They are calling it an “ultramobile device”
- It runs a “special” edition of XP
- It will support WLAN; bluetooth & 802.11
- It will have an XP independent multimedia player
- It will have camera, GPS & gaming functionality
What the article didn’t explain, and I guess is up to Microsoft’s marketing department, is exactly why I might need one.Ã‚ However, that didn’t stop Microsoft’s stock from going up after the announcement.
Yeah, someone also has to explain how a 6 x 8 device is classified as “ultra portable”.
If you want a REAL “ultra portable” PC that uses XP Home, XP Pro, or XP Tablet (not some XP lite) take a look at http://www.oqo.com, the world’s smallest Windows XP computer!
The OQO model 01+ ultra personal computer (uPC) is a fully-featured Windows XP computer. The OQO has a 1GHz processor, a 30GB hard drive, 512MB of RAM, a color transflective display, and integrated wireless, as well as FireWire and USB ports.
Just 4.9 inches long, 3.4 inches wide, 0.9 inches thin, and weighing only 14 ounces, the model 01+ can fit in a pocket or purse and go with you anywhere. For easy typing and cursor control it has a complete thumb keyboard with TrackStik and mouse buttons as well as digital pen and thumbwheel.
Connect to wireless networks with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. Connect all your peripherals including monitors, projectors, full-size keyboards, optical drives, printers, and speakers to the OQO docking cable and the model 01+ is your desktop computer.
The Hipster PDA is even more ultra portable, costs $2,000 less, and doesn’t run any version of Windows XP (a big bonus in my book).