OQO Rolls Out model 01 Ultra Personal Computer

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After years of delays, OQO has begun taking pre-orders for its model 01 ultra personal computer (uPC).

The model 01 is a handheld-sized device that doesn’t use the Palm OS, Pocket PC, or even Linux. Instead, it runs a full version of Windows XP.

This device is 4.9 inches wide, 3.4 inches high, and 0.9 inches thick. It weighs 14 ounces. This is relatively big for a handheld, but this model has a lot to offer.

It includes a 1 GHz Transmeta processor, 256 MB of RAM, and a 20 GB hard drive.

This device has a 5-inch, 800-by-480 pixel screen that slides up to reveal a small keyboard. It offers pen-based input, plus the keyboard includes a TrackStik.

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

The model 01 has a docking cable which allows it to run a 1280 by 1024 monitor. This cable also adds Ethernet, power, and more USB and FireWire ports.

OQO says it will have a battery life of up to three hours. Additional batteries are available for $99 on special. The regular price will be $149.

The OQO Model 01 can be pre-ordered today with a base price of $1,900. This model uses WinXP Home. A version with WinXP Pro is $2,000. Microsoft Office Small Business Edition can be re-installed on either of these for $300.

Orders placed today will be fulfilled in the coming weeks.

“With the OQO model 01, OQO is forging new ground for the mobile experience,” said Jim Allchin, group vice president of Platforms, Microsoft. “Business professionals get the convenience of a full Windows XP Professional implementation in a very portable device. I’m impressed not only with OQO’s technical achievement, but with their creative vision, which addresses a real customer need.”

More information is available on the OQO web site.

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