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Mineral Technology offers 7-inch U91 UMPCs powered by Atom N270

Posted in UMPC by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2010

Mineral Technology has just announced that they will be launching a new range of UMPCs that feature 7-inch displays. Shared specifications include WVGA resolution two-point multitouch displays, an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, Wi-Fi, GPS navigation, optional 3G, dual cameras, an SD memory card slot, VGA and Ethernet ports as well as trackpads.

They will come in black, green, white, and red. Prices start at $460 and go up to $540, depending on the configuration. They run off the Windows platform,.

Archos launches 9” Windows 7 Tablet UMPC

Posted in Archos by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2009

Archos launches 9” Windows 7 Tablet UMPCArchos has announced the Archos9, a UMPC that runs Windows 7. Its predecessors may be basic touchscreen internet media tablets, but the Archos9 can run a full OS. Some other features include a built-in webcam, 120GB of memory, full touch support, an external mic, streo speakers, and an optical trackpad as well as an on-screen keyboard.

The tablet will be available in Europe this October, just in time for Windows 7’s release. It will cost you €450 ($635).

Rumors of OQO Model 2+ demise are true

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 27th, 2009

oqomodel2-sbI was never a fan of the tiny UMPC machines that hit the market place at inflated prices before the massive netbook revolution. The thing I never liked about the little machines was that the keyboards tended to be sized for thumb use only and I just couldn’t see them being useful in the real world.

One of the cool looking UMPCs at CES 2009 was the OQO Model 2+. The little machine promised an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, OLED touch screen and more. I was rather excited to see it at CES 2009 and while interesting, I didn’t think it stacked up at all against the mass of netbooks around.

Eee PC 701 prototype UMPC

Posted in UMPC by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2009

Eee PC 701 prototype UMPC spottedLooks like we will be getting an Eee-branded UMPC at some future date. It almost has to come to pass, what with these drool-worthy pics of an Eee PC 701 prototype, inspired by the original Origami R2H device found on Mobile1.

It does away with the keyboard and loses some weight, at just 1.68 pounds and even comes with a stylus. Sadly there’s no word yet on any release date. It may or may not ever make it into production, but it sure looks awesome and we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Sleek MBook M1 spotted at CES

Posted in CES 2009 by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2009

Sleek MBook M1 spotted at CESThe MBook M1 ultra-mobile PC looks like it’s pretty usable, unlike some of its competitors. The keyboard looks comfortable for one thing. This Windows-based UMPC is small in size, yet promises ease of use.

There is one tiny problem though. The device has no USB ports. Yes, it looks nice, but how do you use it productively? It’s use is severely limited.The MBook M1 gets points for looks though. That’s gotta count for something.

Panasonic kicks out tough Intel Atom-based UMPC

Posted in UMPC by Nino Marchetti on June 25th, 2008

Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1

Panasonic is rolling out a new rugged UMPC which is the first to integrate Intel’s Atom low power processor. It is called the Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 and you’ll find it pricing around $2,500.

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 is, like other PCs of its type, designed to be used in the field under a variety of harsh conditions. It sports the aforementioned Intel Atom processor, Windows Vista, a 5.6-inch WSVGA sunlight viewable touchscreen and a 16GB solid state removable drive which can be upgraded to 32GB.

Kohjinsha SX series UMPC

Posted in UMPC by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2008

Kohjinsha SX series UMPC
The Kohjinsha SX Series UMPC is pretty sweet looking, and packs a lot in a small form. It sports an 8.9 inch touch screen display at 1,280 x 768 resolution, Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 60GB HDD, Super Multi-DVD drive, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity.

Some other features include an ExpressCard/34 slot, card readers, two USB 2.0 ports and VGA out. The Kohjinsha SX Series will be available in Japan. You can get it in black or white for $1199.

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Gigabyte M528 MID $750 in late July

Posted in UMPC by Conner Flynn on June 12th, 2008

Gigabyte M528 MID $750 in late July
The Gigabyte M528 finally has a price tag, retailing for $750 in Taiwan and it will be released there in late July. The features remain the same since it’s unveiling at Computex 2008. You get an 800Mhz Silverthorne/Poulsbo processor, 800 × 480 resolution touch screen, 3 mp auto-focus camera and 4GB SSD, GPS navigation, and 3G connectivity. It comes with the suite of different apps that include Firefox 3, Skype, Pidgin IM, and OpenOffice 2.4 plus others. Good news for those who have been waiting.

Tiny and cheap RazorBook 400 now available

Posted in Linux,Notebooks by Shane McGlaun on May 29th, 2008

RazorBook 400If you are in the market for a new ultra portable and you want something a bit more off the beaten path than the Asus Eee that shares its small dimensions, 3K Computers may have your laptop in its new and tiny RazorBook 400.

The RazorBook 400 promises a boot up time for its Linux OS of less than 8 seconds and 3K says it was designed to be instant on and off just like any other appliance in your home. The tiny notebook measures 8.25-inches L x 5.5-inches W x 1.25-inches D. The machine has 4 GB of internal flash memory for storage.

DIY gamepad attachment for Sony UX UMPC

Posted in UMPC by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2008

DIY Gamepad attachment for Sony UX UMPC
Dan Middle bought Sony’s UX UMPC and found it to be severely lacking when it came to portable gaming. He did what any of us would have done, he took things into his own hands by hacking a cheap USB gamepad. The end result is a set of controls that make available all eight buttons with a single hand, while the other hand is free to aim with the UX’s mouse controls.

The gamepad has been attached to a CF dummy card, slotting into the UX’s CF port. He did some testing and found that it’s pretty decent to use. Vista even recognizes it as a gaming peripheral. I’m not sure if this spells trouble for the PSP and DS Lite, but it’s pretty cool. Video below.

The Willcom D4 UMPC: Small but powerful

Posted in UMPC by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2008

The Willcom D4 UMPC: Small but powerful
The alliance between Willcom and Sharp Electronics has produced the Willcom D4 UMPC. This UMPC has plenty of processing power with a Centrino Atom processor clocking 1.33Mhz. A whole 1GB of RAM is on the D4 with storage being in the form of a 40Gb hard disk drive. It sports a Windows Vista home premium operating system with a 5-inch touchscreen and a built in keyboard.

It’s also got WiFi, PHS support, a 2 megapixel camera and even bluetooth 2.0. Plus it’s pretty sleek looking in it’s ultra mobile form which measures 84×188×25.9mm and weighs only 470 grams.

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Lenovo to Release Ideapad U8 UMPC

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2008

Lenovo to Release Ideapad U8 UMPC
Lenovo is releasing the sexy new Ideapad U8 with Intel’s newest Atom processor. The Ideapad U8 device features a 4.8-inch touchscreen display and bullseye, an optical mouse, EDGE or 3G data, “Live GPS,” hand written note taking, and support for MS Office applications.

It’s also got a 12-key numeric pad and don’t expect to see a Microsoft OS, it has the Linux system. The device was unveiled at Intel’s IDF in Shangha and apparently it won’t be available outside of Asia. Check out an awesome video below.

Pix-L mini PC & alarm clock

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 20th, 2008

Pix-L mini PC & alarm clock
Designer Jean Hong has a slightly different vision for the Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC), and that vision is the Pix-L. The device functions as both an alarm clock and a browser for your bedside. If you want to view it on your nightstand, you can prop up the mini-screen or turn it around for a better angle from above, that way it’s ideal for viewing while you’re lying on your stomach.

Just let it wake you up in the morning, then detach the PC from its stand for portable computing. Even the color scheme shown here is super nice. I would be very surprised if this designer isn’t working for Microsoft very soon.