OQO reignites interest in UMPCs

CES 2009: Vendor launches new, Vista capable ultra-mobile PC
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OQO was showing off an ultra mobile PC at the show, attracting interest for a type of device which many have claimed is no longer relevant.

The firm claims the OQO Model 2+ is the smallest machine capable of running Windows Vista, and has double the power of its predecessor.

Weighing less than a pound with dimensions of 5.6-inches, by 3.3 inches, by one inch, the device is certainly portable. However with pricing starting at $999, many will be unfavourably comparing it to the much cheaper netbook segment.

The OQO Model 2+ will arrive sometime in the first half of this year – though no pricing has yet been announced for the UK.

“OQO is excited to work with Intel to deliver the highest performing Mobile Internet Device (MID) on the market today,” said Bob Rosin, senior vice president of sales and marketing at OQO. “The OQO model 2+ provides enterprise users and prosumers with everything needed to get all their work done as they move through their day – full Windows, complete mobility, and immediate access to information and applications from wherever they are.”

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