updated 10:45 am EDT, Mon September 10, 2007
OQO model 02 Upgrade
OQO today launched an upgrade of its model 02 UMPC, improving its speed and storage while also making the system more accessible. The 5-inch handheld now runs on up to a 1.6GHz Via C7M mobile chip, bolstering its performance in Windows Vista on the top model. Every model gets an increase in storage with a base model now climbing from 30GB to 40GB and the top versions climbing from 60GB to 80GB. A third option of a solid-state drive gives owners 32GB of flash storage that greatly reduces loading times and renders the system virtually skip-proof in the event of a fall.
The model 02's other core features, including built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, a hybrid Ethernet/VGA adapter, and HDMI output are all the same as the system which launched earlier this year. But prices have dropped, the company says; a base UMPC with a 1.2GHZ CPU, 512MB of RAM, and the new 40GB hard disk sells for $1,299, about $200 less than its predecessor. All new systems should be available today and have the option of cellular broadband from Sprint or Verizon.