I didn’t make it to Bill Gates’ CES keynote last night due to a pressing engagement with a squillion exhibitors at the Digital Experience showcase, but I’m told one of the products he showed off was the OQO Model 02 UMPC. Happily, I got my hands on one at the event to see what all the fuss is about.
It’s the world’s smallest fully-functional Windows XP computer, which weighs one pound, and fits in your pocket (I tried this, it’s true. Sadly it wasn’t so easy to walk off with it…) It’s packing a 1.5GHz processor, a 60GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and – in the US at least – EV-DO mobile broadband.
In the UK this would presumably be a built-in 3G data card. OQO has just signed a deal with operator Sprint in the US, so in the UK think someone like Vodafone or T-Mobile – although there’s no news yet on whether any such deals have been signed.
OQO Model 02 has a five-inch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard, and promises up to six hours battery life. Apparently it’s going to be sold internationally through Expansys.com, so you will be able to get your hands on it in advance of a proper UK launch. In the US, its price starts at $1,499, depending on what tweaks you order.