OQO WinXP palmtop to launch 14 October

Watch out, notebooks, PDAs?

OQO's Model 01 Windows XP palmtop has for some time been due to ship this autumn, but the company has now narrowed that timeframe down to mid-October.

According to an email sent out by OQO, the device will be formally launched on 14 October in San Francisco.

OQO Model 01 Ultra-personal ComputerThe Model 01 is based on a 1GHz Transmeta processor backed by 256MB of RAM and a 20GB hard drive. It sports a 5in 800 x 480 widescreen LCD, and integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The unit's QWERTY keyboard slides out from under the display.

In development for several years now, the Model 01 is pitched as an alternative to both notebooks PCs - lighter, more portable - and PDAs - bigger screen and keyboard. The unit measures 12.3 x 8.5 x 2.3cm and weighs 397g.

The OQO machine ships after fellow palmtop specialist Bsquare device earlier this year to discontinue manufacture of its own, hard drive-less device. Bsquare's Power Handheld was a Windows CE machine running a Windows XP-like UI. Tiqit eponymous palmtop, like OQO's runs a full version of WinXP as does Vulcan's upcoming FlipStart, a notebook-styled clamshell palmtop. Taiwan's Dialogue is working on a compact wireless sub-notebook, the Flybook, that's pitched at the same role as the new generation of palmtops. ®

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