OQO, which claims to be the world’s smallest PC running Windows Vista, as well as the first Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC), today announced a new model 02 with higher performance and lower cost. OQO is lowering the entry cost of its upgraded handheld to $1,299, for full Vista compatibility.
OQO now offers up to 120GB hard disk, with 40GB in the entry-level model, and 80GB in the standard high-end configuration. A flash-based 32GB solid state drive provides up to 50% faster boot and application launch times, as well as increased battery life.
A faster CPU with speeds of up to 1.6GHz is available (a VIA C7M ULV), as well as cellular modems from Verizon or Sprint featuring EV-DO Rev A for improved upstream speeds. The entry-level price for an OQO model 02 has reduced $200 to $1299, while disk drive capacity increased by 33%.
Meanwhile, cell phones are getting smarter.
Today, Qwest Wireless announced the addition of two new handsets to its lineup of wireless communication devices: the Fusion HTC 5800 and the Mogul by HTC. Both handsets uses Windows Live services – including e-mail, instant messenger and search tools – powered by Windows Mobile 6. And Wi-Fi, of course.
Qwest is the first in the United States to offer the Qwest Fusion HTC 5800 which has a numeric keypad on its face. The new Windows Mobile 6 Smartphones offer stereo Bluetooth technology, a 2.0 megapixel camera and camcorder, voice dialing, a world clock and a mobile version of the Microsoft Office system.