Useful, but not the major overhaul we were expecting.
OQO built up the hype last week when it dropped us a mysterious teaser for its latest and presumably greatest device, though now we’re feeling a little underwhelmed.
Ultimately all we got was the addition of HSDPA connectivity – useful but not the radical overhaul suggested. We do get a slight change in name however: the ‘model e2’.
As it stands then we have a 1.6GHz (whisper it) UMPC with 1GB RAM, a 120GB HDD, HSDPA and the choice of Windows XP or Vista. The display remains five inches with a native 800 x 480 widescreen resolution, plus wireless a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, Ethernet and the aforementioned 3G data card capable of HSDPA/UMTS 2100MHz; GSM/EDGE/GPRS 900/1800MHz – speed, availability and allowance dependant on your network and tariff of choice.
As for portability, the model e2 remains your flexible friend with dimensions of 142 x 84 x 25mm and weighs just 0.5Kg.
Expansys already has the model e2 up on its website for pre-order (no official release date was forthcoming) and quotes an unusually specific price of £1,286,29 (incl. VAT). This may scare away the usual UMPC brigade (and indeed those expecting more revolution than evolution), but the fact remains that the model e2 is one of the most comprehensive portable devices on the market. So if it tickles you in a particularly naughty place you know what to do…