UMPCPortal.com has some great info, both here and here, on what to expect next week from Intel. What piqued my interest was the Linux based consumer focused UMPC, called a MID ( Mobile Internet Device ). Here is a screen shot, courtesy of UMPCPortal.com, of the differences between a MID and the UMPC. In addition, here is a link to a PDF ( again, courtesy of UMPCPortal.com) outlining much more. 18 second boot times – very cool!
What I find interesting is the UMPC has always been targeted to be a consumer device, what Microsoft coined as a companion device that a person wouldn’t want to leave behind. With Intel introducing the MID with a Linux operating system, does that bring the price point in line to the $500 range and really address the companion device target? Is Intel announcing to the public that Windows running on a UMPC is not consumer friendly?
With the success of the Pepper Pad and the Nokia N800, it certainly appears that Intel is recognizing some opportunities and UI challenges faced with a Windows based solution. In any regards, it will be interesting to watch what happens in the market place.