For those that have been in the dark for the past week, you might not have heard about the new Intel backed device that’s being referred to as Origami. The “proper” name for the new style of device about to be released is actually UMPC (Ultra Mobile Personal Computer). Samsung, Asus and Founder are going to be the first three manufacturers to release UMPC devices. Founder already has a device shipping in China (yes, as in right now) while Samsung and Asus will have devices shipping in the next 2 – 3 months.
The Samsung device actually looks like a bigger version of the PMP player they have on the market. It’s sleek looking, but a real fingerprint magnet. On the right side of the device is a VGA out port so you can display to a larger screen. USB ports will allow you use a keyboard on this device as it is a fully fledged Microsoft XP based OS with some added features on top that give it the Origami OS designation. Also note, this device has an integrated antenna for watching TV.
The Founder device is red and actually has a DVI port on it. This device is shipping in China right now.
The Asus device looks like a shrunken version of the popular Asus silver brushed metal notebook look. Asus put an antenna port on the side for those that want to tap into TV. It of course also has USB ports, mic, headphone and a unique 1.3MP camera. This was the nicest looking device in my opinion.