After some months of viral marketing via cryptic websites and all that, Microsoft has unveiled what the Origami Project is all about.
Microsoft Unveils the Origami...
Short description. Think an LCD monitor found on the headrest of an average rapper's SUV... Yea about 6-7 in. screen size. Got that? Ok now imagine that small screen running the ill-fated Tablet PC edition of XP. Crappy resolution aside, you get Bluetooth and Wi-fi...thats about it.
What's the real pupose of this thing? Basically a Mini-Tablet PC, why? Doesn't Microsoft know how poor Tablet PCs are doing currently? I guess the only use you can give a device like this is to use it like a Media Center remote of sorts via Media Center Extender, kinda what you have in the XBOX 360. Aside from that, you really wonder what the hell is Microsoft thinking at times.
The Microsoft description:
-Ultra Mobile PC
The official launch partners for the UMPC seem to be Intel, ASUS, Founder and Samsung. ASUS, Founder and Samsung have launched devices which promise the following:
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 OS
Approximately 7” diagonal display (or smaller)
Minimum 800 x 480 resolution
Approximately 2 pounds
Integrated touch panel
WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled
Microsoft are working with hardware vendors and software developers to push this technology in the right direction within the next couple of years. Microsoft claims UMPC devices will have a battery life of two and a half hours or more, and feature 30-60 GB hard drive for storage, with Intel Celeron M, Intel Pentium M or VIA C7-M processors. Microsoft also anticipates pricing in the US$599-$999 price-range. (are you crazy??)
Thanks to Neowin for the Official facts.
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