OQO Mini PC Coming in Mid-October

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OQO has sent an email saying it expects to launch its model 01 ultra personal computer (uPC) on October 14 in San Fransisco.

The model 01 will be a relatively small device that won’t run the Palm OS, Pocket PC, or even Linux. Instead, it will run a full version of Windows XP. It will include a 1 GHz Crusoe processor from Transmeta, 256 MB of RAM, and a 20 GB hard drive.

This device will have an 800-by-480 pixel screen that slides up to reveal a small keyboard. It will offer pen-based input, plus the keyboard will include a TrackStik.

The OQO Model 01 will be 4.9 inches wide, 3.4 inches high, and 0.9 inches thick. It will weigh 14 ounces.

It will include Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth wireless networking, plus Firewire and USB 1.1.

The model 01 will have a docking cable, that will allow it to run a 1280 by 1024 monitor. This cable will also add Ethernet, power, and more USB and FireWire ports.

OQO says it will have a battery life of up to three hours.

The company has not yet announced pricing, but the model 01 is expected to cost around $2,000.

More information is available on the OQO web site.

A Long and Disappointing History

This isn’t the first time OQO has announced a uPC. The company has been doing so for years, but has yet to actually release any products.

Its first model was announced in April of 2002, and the company said at that time it expected a release to come later that year. That deadline came and went without a product.

Early last year the company announced its uPC would be out soon and it started taking pre-orders. However, a few weeks later it announced the product wouldn’t be released until the third quarter of 2003. Obviously, again this didn’t happen.

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, OQO unveiled a new design for the uPC. This was the first time a small keyboard was integrated into the device.

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