PCWorld.com: Are We Ready for Ultra-Mobile PCs?

Well, this is not exactly deep, but it does make sense. In a PC World interview Dadi Perlmutter, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobility Group, makes some comments about this “round of UMPC’s that have been announced and are close to shipping:

“On May 1, Samsung Electronics will start selling its Q1 ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), the first of a new breed of handheld device that Microsoft and Intel hope will change the way people use computers. However, don’t look for a revolution to happen overnight. “The opportunities are big but I think the turning point is still in the future, not tomorrow,” said Dadi Perlmutter, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobility Group. We are now playing with the first wave of something,” he said. Based on the Origami platform developed by Microsoft and Intel, Samsung’s Q1 runs the Tablet PC version of Windows XP and boasts a seven-inch touch-screen LCD panel and a 900-MHz Celeron M processor. With a price tag of around $1200, Samsung expects to sell 400,000 of the devices over the next year”.

Yep — I agree. V1 products always have V1 product issues. Remember the TC1000? It worked, it had all the right components, but it was just too slow. Compaq still sold a gazillion of them!

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