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The whole Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) moniker has been confusing since the launch of the handheld devices, especially since the decision was made somewhere to drop the Origami codename.  Since Ultra Mobile PC is a generic term people have been calling any small handheld a UMPC, […]

The whole Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) moniker has been confusing since the launch of the handheld devices, especially since the decision was made somewhere to drop the Origami codename.  Since Ultra Mobile PC is a generic term people have been calling any small handheld a UMPC, even those that run Windows CE, and UMPC enthusiasts have been running around the web correcting all of the misinformation.

I just received the latest Mobile PC Newsletter from Microsoft and was surprised to see this:

Oqo_umpc

This confuses me even more than before as to what makes an "official" UMPC. It certainly isn’t price. I guess this makes the newly announced Sony UX models with Vista official UMPCs, too.

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  1. Mine’s already on order. Can’t wait for them to start shipping. Woo!

  2. Wish they weren’t so slow writing their Vista software. To ship in 8 weeks time with XP installed seems really dump

  3. I don’t see what the big deal is about something being an “official” UMPC or not. No matter whether they get the name or not, all portable computers have their own combination of power, size and capabilities and it’s pretty easy to break the touchscreened devices apart:

    PDA = slips into your pocket (ie doesn’t dominate it, like a UX or OQO would, if they fit at all)

    Tablet = about the size of a notebook of standard paper

    UMPC = somewhere in the middle

    The OS and hardware will have alot to do with computing capabilities, but in this market weight, convenience and battery life are just as important as power and flexibility, so I couldn’t really say that a WM device is any better or worse than a Vista/XP one as a UMPC.

  4. Microsoft should just update their UMPC hardware specs: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/umpc/hardware.mspx

    That would save everyone (readers and writers) a lot of time. I’m personally quite tired of running around with my red pen.

  5. >>>PDA = slips into your pocket (ie doesn’t dominate it, like a UX or OQO would, if they fit at all)

    The UX fit in my inside jacket pocket. But only a PDA will do a short pocket.

    That is, *for now*.

  6. Duh. short = shirt!

    Sometimes not even Firefox’s spellchecker can help me…

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