Monday, March 13, 2006

Origami-sm


The drip-feed speculation on the Origami project finally ended at CeBit, in Hanover, last week. Project Origami is Microsoft's entry into the Ultra mobile PC world (UMPC). So far four vendors seem to have signed up to produce Origami UMPCs, which contain an Intel celeron processor and will run the Windows XP Tablet PC version. The first such prototype, christened Q1, was revealed at CeBit by Samsung. BTW I tried searching the Samsung website for Q1 and only found pages containing financial outlook information!
The Origami team also maintain a website at http://origamiproject.com/default.aspx containing, among other things, interesting snippets of history and a blog.
BBC news has an insightful analysis of the device itself at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4790448.stm where they compare Microsoft's UMPC vision with the released product. Some interesting things to note are that BillG's original vision was a device that would cost less than $500 and have a long battery life. Samsung's Q1 is expected to cost around $1000 and have a battery life of 3 hrs!. Hmm...
But then Microsoft's version 1 products have typically always been pretty notorious for not exactly matching up to the original vision. But their subsequent versions nearly always hit the mark. So Origami UMPCs will be something to watch for. Hey, for 500 bucks and 5-6 hours of battery life, I would love to get my hands on one of these puppies.

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