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UMPCs: What's New?

May 29 2006

In the five months of this year the Taiwanese company Asus managed to present a series of various laptops - in all categories: 12.1 "Asus W5F, 13.3" Asus W7J, 14 "Asus A8JF, 15" Asus W1J, A6J and V6J, 17 "Asus W2J and Asus A7J. Few producers could boast of such a "prolific", bearing in mind that the Asus is known for its quality.

Over the recent Asus lagged except for ultra-PC, and the hour had finally come - the company is preparing to soon formally announce the launch of its own tablet R1F.

For the first time the device was demonstrated earlier this year at CES, as well as at a recent demonstration of CeBIT. The company is not rushing to rhetoric, and technical characteristics of the gadget were not disclosed. Reportedly, however, that the PC will be built on the Intel Celeron microprocessor and chipset Intel 915 GMS, equipped with at least 512 MB of RAM.

As noted by some experts, when applying to a 7-inch plate from Asus remember Origami Project , on which work started, "Triple Alliance": Microsoft, Intel and Samsung.

As for this product in the near future is expected to be updated. Fundamental changes, however, will not follow - the device is simply transferred to the new operating system. Called the device will be respectively - Vistagami.

It is not entirely clear how, but Microsoft hopes through this event to link the same issue with the price, because it remains one of the main obstacles to promoting ultra-mobile PCs. Currently, the cost of such "toys" remains at approximately $ 1,000, and there remains some hope that the new Vistagami fall at least $ 600.

Also, company representatives made it clear that the original model, Origami is running Microsoft Windows XP is planned to produce with different variations - taking into account users' needs: with advanced multimedia capabilities or large communication features for working with information.

In addition, it is possible that change the original design of the device, which in this case is more like a gaming console Xbox 360.

Company Samsung, in turn, does not stand still and continues to experiment with his debut with the creation of laconic title Q1, unlike other manufacturers not thinking about the final price of the product.

Presentation of the modified model, in which instead of a hard disk installed SSD NAND-Flash SSD , made a splash. This is the basic transformation that has occurred with the device. The rest of its features remain unchanged: CPU Intel Celeron (900 MHz), 512 MB of RAM (DDR2), touch screen 7-inch, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi .

Thus, the UMPC Samsung has become almost a shock-resistant and equally unattainable. According to specialists, it is now much more resistant to all kinds of shocks and shocks. As for the price, it is, to put it mildly, shocking, because at about $ 2,500.

Meanwhile, marketers are projected, the interest among users to UMPCs will continue to grow and become a turning point fall in the prices of these promising devices. It is not excluded that then recollected other manufacturers to present their solutions in this area.Sony, for example, has already gone in the footsteps of Samsung, presenting a tempting, but very expensive ultra-mobile PC - VAIO UX .

Vladimir Pacific.

On materials Daily Tech, Tablet PC Reviews, IXBT, Engadget


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