FCC Approves OQO model 2

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OQO has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission to release an updated version of its tiny Windows PC.

The original OQO model 1, after long delays, finally came out in 2004, well before Microsoft announced its UMPC initiative; nevertheless, it has a great deal in common with this class of small computers, including a touchscreen and multiple forms of wireless networking.

Based on the little information that is available on the FCC’s web site, the OQO model 2 will have a great deal in common with its predecessor. The only changes known at this point are more Wi-Fi options — 802.11ab/g — and a slightly larger size.

Unfortunately, OQO has filed a confidentiality request with the FCC, which means all the rest of the details on this upcoming PC remain hidden.

An Overview of the OQO model 1+

OQO’s model 1+ is a pocket-sized device that includes a 5-inch, 800-by-480-pixel screen that slides up to reveal a small keyboard.

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It uses a 1 GHz Crusoe processor from Transmeta.

This PC has 512 MB of RAM and a 30 GB, shock-mounted hard drive.

The model 1+ offers USB 2.0 and FireWire, an internal speaker, and Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth.

It comes a docking cable which allows it to run a 1280-by-1024-pixel monitor. This cable also adds Ethernet, power, and more USB and FireWire ports.

This device is 4.9 inches wide, 3.4 inches high, and 0.9 inches thick. It weighs 14 ounces.

More information on the model 1+ can be found on OQO’s web site.

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