A fourth company has thrown its hat into the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) category: TabletKiosk.
The big difference between the eo v7110 and its competitors is that its maker has officially announced a price… and is even taking orders.
Like all UMPCs, this device runs Windows XP Tablet Edition, in this case on a 1.0 GHz processor.
It includes a 7-inch touch screen with a native resolution of 800-by-480 pixels.
The v7110 has 256 MB of RAM and a 30 GB hard drive.
It includes two USB 2.0 ports but no memory card slots.
For wireless networking this UMPC offers 802.11b/g and Bluetooth.
According to its manufacturer, the v7110 can run for 2.5 hours on single charge of its standard battery, or an optional extended battery bumps this up to 4.5 hours.
It is 9.0 inches wide, 5.75 inches tall, and 1.0 inches thick.
One of the goals of those who created the UMPC category is for these devices to be relatively low cost. The v7110 doesn’t exactly meet this, as the standard model is priced at $900, an optional features can push it up over $1500.
More information on this model can be found on the TabletKiosk web site.
What’s an Ultra Mobile PC?
The Ultra Mobile PC is a new class of portable computers.
The goal is to create pocket-sized, inexpensive, Windows computers. These will have a constant wireless connection to the Internet and batteries capable of lasting for an entire day.
So far, though, none of the first generation UMPCs have lived up to the dream. They all offer shorter battery lives than hoped for, high prices, and form factors too large to make them pocketable.