Windows XP in 9.165 square inches: screen size of the Sony UX series

Uxkeyboard_1Interested in running Windows XP on a small screen? How does XP in 9.165 square inches sound? We were just chatting about the screen-size of the Sony UX handheld computer on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and lucky for us: we’ve got a listener that lives a hop, skip and a jump from Sony’s Tokyo showroom. Massimo dropped us a note and offered to get the exact dimensions of the screen, so here goes…

According to what Massimo measured, the Sony UX screen is approximately:

  • 2.35-inches high by 3.9-inches wide, with the 4.5-inches diagonal measurement that we already knew
  • In centimeters, this is much cleaner: 6 cm high by 10 cm wide, meaning that the aspect ratio is not exactly a 16 x 9 ratio.

Just for kicks, I measured the QVGA screen on my XV6700 Windows Mobile 5 phone. Wouldn’t you know that the height of the screen is 2.3-inches, or roughly the same height as the Sony UX screen? The width of the XV6700 screen is 1.75-inches, so "two" XV6700 screens would be a tad skinnier than the UX screen, but pretty close in size comparison. XP on two of my smartphone screens? It isn’t something I personally relish, and for those who want the UX, you might find yourself in a pickle, save for the killer clear 1,024 x 600 screen resolution.

Something else that will help in a big way: Massimo indicated that the zoom screens are "not as previous zoom functions I’ve seen where the screen goes blank and the displays the ‘new’ resolution, but it zooms in rather like in photoshop… as in seamless." Massimo: thanks for checking out the device firsthand for jkOnTheRun. Still no luck on "borrowing" one from the showroom, huh? ;)

-kct

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