Recently we reported shipping delays of the TabletKiosk eo UMPC due to a design issue. It seems that TabletKiosk has moved things along quickly and has the first batch of eo’s on the way out – much faster than expected. Below is the press release from TabletKiosk that we received today:
TabletKiosk Begins Shipping New UMPC Device
TORRANCE, CA, May 4, 2006 TabletKiosk , a leader in mobile PC computing solutions, today announced it has begun shipping eo , the new Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) which is the first UMPC device available in the US market.
Powered by the 1.0GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor, a new ULV processor that provides longer battery life than traditional LV processors, eo was designed for ultimate productivity and convenience.
“TabletKiosk is to be congratulated for leading the way in the US market for this new category of device. eo brings together the best aspects of the Tablet PC with ultra mobility, enhanced multimedia capabilities, and a full connectivity suite,” commented Epan Wu, Deputy Director, CPU Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Integrating the VIA UMPC platform, eo takes full advantage of the VIA C7-M ULV processor’s ultra low-power operation for longer battery life, while still maintaining robust performance for a full range of mobile applications.”
eo comes equipped with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition as well as with the new Microsoft Touch Pak. Standout features of Touch Pack include the easy-touse Program Launcher and Dial Keys, which enable the user to input text directly onscreen with their thumbs.
We’re very excited to see the first Ultra-Mobile PCs become publicly available for consumers,” said Otto Berkes, general manager of the Ultra-Mobile PC team at Microsoft Corp. “The eo is a marriage of great hardware and powerful new software such as Microsoft Touch Pack that presents a new and exciting way for consumers to stay connected wherever they go.”
With USB 2.0, wireless networking, Bluetooth connectivity, enhanced touch screen capabilities and voice recognition, eo was developed to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s highly mobile population. Smaller than a typical day planner, eo fits easily into a backpack, handbag or briefcase and represents the new generation of mobile computing.
Pricing and Availability
eo is sold through the TabletKiosk website www.tabletkiosk.com, as well as a vertically integrated reseller network. Due to overwhelming response after the launch announcement, the initial shipment of eo is entirely sold out. TabletKiosk is currently accepting orders for the second production run which is scheduled to ship at the end of May / beginning of June 2006.