OQO Release Date Slips Again

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OQO While it made a big splash when it was first announced in April of last year, the OQO made Wired’s Vaporware 2002 list. Recently, it looked like this product might soon see the light of day. However, the company is now saying the device won’t be available for perhaps six more months.

The OQO is 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 use a Crusoe processor from Transmeta, 256 MB of RAM, and have a color screen.

Just a couple weeks ago the company’s sales department was telling potential customers that the OQO would be available in April. Later, that changed to sometime in the second quarter of this year. Still, the company started taking pre-orders with a 20% non-refundable deposit. As of yesterday, the release has slipped to the third quarter, with the company saying, “We expect that we will be able to ship units by September.”

According to the company website, the OQO will have an impressive array of features, including FireWire, USB, built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless networking, plus a cradle to dock with a keyboard and monitor, allowing the OQO to act as a full desktop computer.

However, some details of the device that were on the specifications list have been removed. Previously, the site said the OQO will be 4.1 by 2.9 by 0.9 inches and weigh less than nine ounces. No size or weight is given now. Also, though a built-in screen is still longer mentioned, the resolution is no longer listed.

In addition, the company now says, “We have made exciting enhancements to the product that will be announced in the coming months”. No details are available.

When the company was taking pre-orders, it said units would be priced at $1600 for one with an 850 MHz processor and $1900 for one with a 1.0 GHz chip. It is not known if this will change.

Thanks to goconfigure and jon for their help with this article.



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