Microsoft’s UMPC initiative has gotten off to a rocky
start mainly due to limited big-name manufacturers releasing products and
the high price of entry. When Microsoft first announced the handheld devices,
they stated that prices would range from $600 to $1,000. Instead, we’ve been
seeing products ranging from $1,000 for the Asus to $1,800 for the Sony VAIO
UX90. Microsoft is hoping for better luck when “Vistagami” UMPCs are
released next year, and hopefully prices will be more in line with what the
company announced back in March.
quote: They'll never break into the mainstream because you can buy a full size notebook (complete with, *GASP*, a keyboard!)for nearly half the price.
quote: Sadly, I don't believe you understand the purpose of the product.
quote: Asus engineers also told us that they are hoping for at least two hours of battery life with its first UMPC effort.