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March 08, 2006

Origami unfolds

We've deliberately avoided getting caught up in all the speculation about Origami, the Ultra Mobile PC - essentially a miniature Tablet PC - largely because the images that have been kicking around on the Web have looked pretty suss. Now some pictures are emerging on the Origami Portal, and CNet which do look like genuine products. And all will be revealed on March 9 (US time).

The first devices have a 7-inch touch screen, standard x86 processors, weigh 2lb. (which sounds awfully heavy to us) and can run full versions of desktop operating systems including the Windows XP variant being used for Origami, and Linux. Battery life for the initial versions is expected to be a disappointing three hours - an advance on the 15 minutes for the prototypes - but in a year or so, we could see smaller versions that will last all day.

Forbes magazine isn't impressed. It says it's unclear whether it makes any sense, given the less than overwhelming demand for Tablet PCs. "The history of computing over the last decade and a half is littered with other portable products that have gained cult status, but little else."

Posted by cw at March 8, 2006 01:00 PM


The mystery is unveiled with a video on Channel 9 MSDN.

Updated info is at


Posted by: Stephen at March 9, 2006 10:54 PM

Battery life: too short to be useful (3 hours)
Weight: too heavy to be truly portable (2lbs)
Size: too big to fit in your pocket (7")
Price: too expensive for Joe Public

Posted by: anon at March 10, 2006 05:14 AM