Feeds

OQO Atomises Vista UMPC

VIA out; Intel, 3G, OLED screen in

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

CES Handheld PC maker OQO has re-released its mobile computer - called the OQO 2 - this time with Intel's 1.86GHz Atom Z540 processor.

It's also the first handheld PC with an OLED display, the company claimed.

The Intel part ousts the VIA C7-M found in the previous OQO 2 - the new model's dubbed the 2+ to highlight the difference. OQO said the Z540 yields double the performance of the C7-M in processor-intensive operations, rising to a 5x improvement in multimedia apps.

OQO 2+

OQO's OQO 2+: VIA out, Intel in

That's undoubtedly why HP just recently switched from the C7-M to Atom for its Mini 2140 netbook.

The Atom's energy efficiency delivers a 20 per cent increase in battery life, allowing the OQO 2's standard battery to provide around 3.5 hours' runtime.

The CPU's backed by 2GB of DDR 2 memory linked through Intel's US15W chipset, which also handles the graphics, courtesy of an integrated GMA 500 core capable of DirectX 9 support and H.264 hardware decoding.

The 5in screen on the OQO 2+ again has a native resolution of 800 x 480, though it can be set to 1024 x 768 and 1000 x 600. It's touch sensitive too, but the what really matters is the use of an OLED panel which, OQO said, has a colour range greater than the NSTC RGB colour space, a million-to-one contrast ratio and can be viewed well from any angle.

OQO 2+

Not as cheap as an Eee

As before, the OQO 2+ comes with a choice of Windows XP or Vista. It has a 120GB hard drive, but there's a 60GB SSD option too. Bluetooth and 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi come as standard. So does support for multi-band 3G data connections.

The 2+ costs $1499 (£984/€1101), but OQO said it will also offer, direct from its website, a 1.33GHz model with 1GB of Ram and a 60GB HDD for $999 (£655/€734). The company's taking orders now, but it would only commit itself to delivering product some time during the next six months. ®

Related Review
OQO e2

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.