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Blogging Beijing: Intel UMPC Prototype

posted by DL Byron on April 18, 2007

During IDF Beijing, I was hanging out in the Crowne Plaza restaurant with Bryan Rhoads, an Intel Internet Strategist and we met Mark Parker, Chief Evangelist, from the Ultra Mobility Group. He had a prototype UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) with him and showed us how it works. It’s the Menlow platform with Silverthorn, Poulsbo inside and a bunch of other ultra geeky code names.

Mark told us that the prototype is one of two in the world and it’s the first time it’s been seen widely. In the video, Mark notes that it’ll run Linux and potentially OSX. Touchscreen, nice form factor, the whole deal.

Disclosure: Textura Design consults with Intel and I’m in Beijing supporting their blog project.

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Aug 17  |  wirecup said:

Design looks fabulous as it is the only slider unit I have seen with a full keyboard that looks very usable and may be pocketable. If this matures to a production design, I hope the screen size would be on the order of 1024x480 (~6.74” x 3.24”, 7.48” diagonal) so that small fonts can be readable and the items height might be close to 4”. Being able to flip the screen down like a laptop for protection in addition having the slider capability would be over the top.

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