TG Daily is reporting that Intel’s
Ultra Mobile PC
(UMPC) platform is set to launch
before April, or about 6-months (at least!) ahead of schedule. Yeah, we know it’s difficult to recall the UMPC
amongst the clutter of Intel’s Core Duo and Viiv chatter. So just picture the OQO
while drifting back to the 2005 IDF when Intel announced
bigger-than-your-pocket yet too-small-to-be-your-primary computers. TG Daily says Samsung, Asus and Founder will deliver
the first UMPCs throwing down high-speed wireless (think EV-DO or HSDPA
, not WiMax
), GPS, and up to one week of standby time. Windows Vista-based
UMPCs from LGE, Acer and Averatec will arrive sometime in the “second half” (read: December) of 2006.
However, instead of sporting new ultra-low power Intel chips like originally announced, “sources” claim at
least the first generation of products will run on a proven platform such as the Pentium M. If true, that certainly
helps explain the early release, however, these devices aren't likely to flaunt the 8-hours of continuous
battery-powered operation longed for by the untethered clock-puncher.