Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Ultramobile Lifestyle PCs coming
Look for the following device to be announced very soon
From Bill Mitchell's slide:
The ideal Lifestyle Ultra-Mobile PCs will be
- all day battery life (12 hr on-time)
- $500 msrp
- always on
- connection through 3G
- instant use
- Pen based
- full windows based
There will be trade offs of the above featues to hit the $500 mark, but the $500 is critical this new device that will be announced soon. You won’t want to leave home without it – like a cell phone.
The closest we have so far is the Motion Computing LS800, but of course the ideal will be thinner, lighter, cheaper, longer-battery, faster and have built-in support for all wireless technologies.
It is good to know the folks at Microsoft (and Motion Computing) are coming to the same conclusion (or listening).
Once there is a sense of this being the next big thing we will get the economies of scale needed to produce the relevant software and hardware at a reasonable cost.
I spoke to a very senior clothing manufacturing executive a few days ago and he said the manufacturers would make LS800-size pockets "in a blink" if they saw greater presence of this form factor in the marketplace. His comments show a downside of Motion Computing's strategy of avoiding marketing to consumers - Motion is missing an opportunity to impress the clothing industry and thereby missing the opportunity to have lots of people walking around with LS800-size pockets. I'll make sure the clothing industry people know of this latest expression of committment from Microsoft.
The clothing executive also expressed some concern about the wearability of a 1 kg computer, but I assume the thickness and weight will come down as the industry scales up to make such devices in large product runs.
I hope it will be a cut down version of Vista running on Pentium M ULV or the Transmetta variants.
I hope they put in Wi-Fi. 3G is sooooo expensive in the UK. What if networks were to pick this up like T-Mobiles web & walk service? Could we see HTC make these and brand them as MDA's, SPV's, XDA's??? If you was to choose a contract with your new Ultraportable would you get a subsidary of the cost? I know in the US you don't subsidise mobiles. But a £25 p/m for 12 months usually knocks off £200 of the price of the handset. So if this was around £300 in the UK, a £100 tablet PC would be popular with the government to get everyone on broadband.
Max screen size is must 6 inch and 16:9.
Its the right form factor for what I think could be the next must-have executive gadget toy:
A real paper notebook replacement. One Note, instant on, power point presentations and electronic notes.
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