Intel’s taken the wraps off the next generation of tablet PCs that will form the basis of Microsoft’s much-hyped Origami computers [story here].
Though the Ultra Mobile PC pictured above is a reference design – a concept that the likes of Samsung can make into hardware – the basic elements should make it into a real world gadget later this year. That means a handheld PC with a 7in screen, touch-control interface and a low-power processor to keep the thing running for far longer than today’s laptops.
The model above also has a cool rotating keyboard that hides under the screen, one of several add-ons that Intel’s promising. GPS modules for sat-nav shennanigans are on the cards, as are clamshell versions and camera-equipped models too.
Intel’s hardware concept is fit for running both Linux and the full version of Windows XP, and machines running Microsoft’s OS are expected to be debuted in force tomorrow at Germany’s monster gadget show, Cebit. We’ll be filing our first reports from Cebit today, with more on the Origami/Ultra Mobile PCs tomorrow.
These new tablet PCs should be able to do virtually anything a modern laptop can do, from blogging, surfing and emailing to gaming, playing every media format under the computing sun and whatever Windows software you care to throw at ‘em. Aside from the sort of CAD programmes that architects use. That’d be plain silly.
We’ll have more news as we get it. We’re currently trying to find out from Intel UK if the $500 price tag that’s being bandied about in the US will translate to £500 over here.