News – UMPC Price Debate, Itronix Rugged Touchscreen Notebook, MobileSketch Tablet PC Drawing Solution

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Why a $500.00 Price Tag for an Ultra Mobile PC Isn’t Realistic

Once the Microsoft “Origami Project” was out of the bag and the introduction of the UMPC platform surfaced on the web, rumors of a $500 price tag were spread far and wide. Many potential consumers were excited about the possibilities for a fully-loaded mobile device with the Tablet PC OS at a incredibly low price.

Linda Epstein of TabletPC2 has weighed in on the reasoning behind the current pricing for UMPCs and explains exactly what happened to the rumored “$500” price tag in her recent post, Why a $500.00 Price Tag for an Ultra Mobile PC isn’t realistic And why the Ultra Mobile PC’s are worth the asking price:

“… As the buzz about the upcoming UMPC platform grew, Mitchell’s remark was quoted often. As interest in the UMPC platform escalated, the term “ideal” was inadvertently left-out of Mitchell’s quote, so the public expected that the early UMPCs would cost in the $500 range. Unfortunately, when the Samsung Q1 and the TabletKiosk eo launched, many people felt deceived; and they angrily blamed the manufacturers for not hitting the price point originally quoted by Microsoft.

The fact is that everyone involved in the Origami project (Microsoft as well as the manufacturers) strived to bring the retail price as close to $500 as possible. However, due to the current costing scenario, this “ideal” price point was just not possible at the time of the May 2006 launch.” Read Linda’s full article here…



New Itronix Rugged Touchscreen Notebook Debuts



Yet another “Rugged” notebook has surfaced. This model from Itronix Corporation features a touchscreen and is built to tough military standards.

“The GoBook XR-1 Notebook, the first to carry the General Dynamics brand, is a “state-of-the-art” wireless notebook, with the smallest and lightest footprint available today in a fully rugged platform. Featuring the Intel Core Duo – 1.83 GHz processor. dedicated ATI graphics card (with a 3D Mark 2003 Benchmark score of 1927) and a multi-wireless integrated radio.”

Outside of the impressive CPU and Video power found in the XR-1, it is also the smallest and lightest “rugged” notebook in the industry. The XR-1 weighs in at 6.8lbs. and carries physical dimensions of 11.8″ x 9.65″ x 1.97″. The are notably modest considering the additional casing required to ruggedize a machine.

The XR-1 will be available in September.To read more about the new XR-1 specifications including security, additional features and pricing, go here…



MobileSketch – Called A “Dream” Tablet Drawing Solution



MobileSketch Touch Tablet is a feature-packed drawing application for the Tablet PC and UMPC platforms. MobilitySite.com is calling this application a ‘”Dream” Tablet Drawing Solution’. There is a link to a video from the developer, Apex Software and further commentary regarding the MobileSketch Touch Tablet program here…


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