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The sleuthing of Hugo Ortega gave us all a glimmer of hope that Toshiba was secretly working on an Origami device and the reaction of consumers was very positive. A lot of people have said that they would feel better about the Origami if one of […]

The sleuthing of Hugo Ortega gave us all a glimmer of hope that Toshiba was secretly working on an Origami device and the reaction of consumers was very positive. A lot of people have said that they would feel better about the Origami if one of the major Tablet OEMs stepped up to the plate and released a device. Unfortunately, Toshiba’s Matt Codrington has responded to a comment on Hugo’s blog and the answer is not what we consumers wanted to hear:

I’m sure Dan will agree with me when I tell you that our discussion had many points of reference, and although a device like this is a possible extension of the next mobile platform, I’m not sure it meets a real need? Too heavy to carry in your pocket, and probably can’t be used for extended periods [outside battery life] with a 7″ screen?

So…I hope I’m not going to disappoint your readers when I tell you that although Toshiba is going to continue to be at the leading edge of technology there are no plans to bring an ‘Origami’ type UMPC device to market. Having said that things are always in the works……

It is unfortunate that Toshiba not only won’t be entering the market but based on Matt’s “not sure it meets a real need” comment is not the outlook we consumers wanted to hear about the Origami. Too bad.

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  4. If Microsoft had spec’d in some fresh, innovative technology that provided some positive consumer advantageous capabilities then perhaps the UMPC could have swayed a major player.

    It wouldn’t have killed Microsoft to have spec’d the devices to have:

    1.8″ iPod drive. Thinner, smaller, lighter, tougher, lower power, lower heat. Think of it as a Bionic UMPC enhancement. :-)

    Wireless USB. If Microsoft had put its weight behind it this could have happened and would have a remarkable impact upon the uses of these Ultra Mobile devices. What can be more positive than being able to cut wires for such a device? Put a WUSB hub on your desk and you can sit on the couch and use your USB devices plugged into that hub.

    I don’t know about other consumers but I’m hungry for thinner lighter sexier than any of the UMPC’s have turned out so far.

  5. Microsoft has stated repeatedly that the intended audience for the Origami is the consumer workspace. I think that’s a good move to try and garner sales numbers big enough to drive the h/w innovation needed to do the things you are asking for.

    We have the OQO and Sony U but neither have made any significant sales numbers because of the high cost to produce a device with the features you are asking for. I believe the decision to produce a low-cost alternatives to the two devices I mentioned above is a sound one. Hopefully the sales numbers will make enough of a difference to get these higher performing h/w components lower in price so we can have the things you want in the Origami.

  6. So far according to all news that I have from TabletKiosk they are getting a lot of preorders and I glad to see that because despite to what some analysts says at the beginning I’m one of those that thinks that Origamis came to stay for a while ;) and they do have a huge market waiting for more to come.

  7. They are not just prepared for this new challange. ;)

  8. “I’m not sure it meets a real need?”

    That’s the real issue. Who’s been asking for a product like this? What problem does it solve?

    When I first saw a UMPC, it reminded me of the Pepper Pad. Anyone know how well the Pepper Pad is selling?

    In line with Scotty’s comment, I’m reminded of one of your prior posts where you commented that one of the most innovative things about the UMPC was a built-in plastic stand on the back. That seems to sum things up nicely.

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