updated 06:15 am EST, Wed December 31, 2008
OQO 1.86GHz Model 2+
UMPC maker OQO will soon release the successor to its Model 02 portable PC, which is expected to be as much as twice as fast. The Model 2+ is reported to sport an uncommon 1.86GHz Intel Atom CPU along with 2GB of RAM. In comparison, the fastest chip offered in the current device is a 1.6GHz CPU from VIA, and the model is restricted to just 1GB of RAM. Further differentiating the new model from the older one is the new embedded OLED touchscreen which replaces the older active digitizer.
Like the older model, the Model 2+ will have Wi-Fi capabilities and integrated wireless broadband access to 3G data networks. Other details on specs are unknown, but the updated device should at least match the older model's options of 40GB, 60GB or 120GB hard drives or 32GB or 64GB solid state drives, as well as a choice between Windows XP or Vista operating systems. The current device offers a 5-inch screen size with 800 by 480 pixel resolution and external display support with HDMI, VGA and DVI connections.
Actual release dates and pricing information are still unknown for OQO's Model 2+, but the basic Model 02 starts at nearly $1,300, so prices of the new model should be similar. [via GottaBeMobile]