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The first ultra-mobile PC hits US streets with optional upgrades

We reported earlier this year that a company called TabletKiosk had introduced eo, its UMPC with technical specifications and pricing. Today TabletKiosk has announced shipments of the eo UMPC device and is the first company to do so in the United States.

We’re very excited to see the first Ultra-Mobile PCs become publicly available for consumers,” claimed 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.”

The standard retail price on the eo is $899 and will come out to over $2048 with all of the upgrades. If memory can be purchased for half the price of the 1GB upgrade and a 100GB hard drive can be purchased for almost 1/3 of the upgrade price from online retailers, we wonder if the TabletKiosk device can be taken apart to accomodate 3rd party hardware upgrades.

The eo can be configured with hard drive capacities from 30GB 5400RPM drives to 100GB 7200RPM drives which will add about $500 to the final price. RAM can also be upgraded from 256MB to 1GB of DDR2 for $265; quite a jump in price for hardware that can be bought for much less as separate purchases.

The eo can be ordered from TabletKiosk directly on its website but will take a few weeks to ship as the company claims to have already sold out. However, an announcement on April 24, 2006 told consumers that there was an issue regarding the back panel affecting the operation of the system fan. The second batch of devices should be ready to ship by the end of this month or early June.

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Hey Everyone - buy a new brick.
By Dfere on 5/4/2006 3:48:39 PM , Rating: 2
Until they marry these devices with true wireless web, this will never sell. I understand these devices are supposed to sell because they are mobile. So are tablet PC's.....

The only market for this is possibly corporate america- for use on the job in mfg environments, retail.. etc....

Anyone know how this is being marketed?

By AnnihilatorX on 5/4/2006 8:07:47 PM , Rating: 2
I actually don't like it being so small

I love my HP/Compaq TC1000 PC for it's A4 size as tablet PC for note taking while being light and thin

By Heatlesssun on 5/5/2006 8:49:43 PM , Rating: 2
That's already done, if you mean using a cell broadband connection. Just pop in a PCMCIA card from your wireless provider and there you go.

Yeah, the prices do seem high, but take a look at a ultra mobile laptop lately? The smaller the device, the higher the price, that's the way it seems to work with smaller devices.

What this needs is integreated wireless voice, and a way to have one cell number ring over to this device and/or a cell. That way, one could just cary this thing around, and have a PC and a phone in one device.

This will happen I bet. There are a lot o people like my self that really need net access more than a phone. And the number is growing.

The go anywhere mobile PC/communicator has arrived.

Cost too much
By bbomb on 5/4/2006 3:17:50 PM , Rating: 2
This will probably die if they dont get them prices down. It probably cost them less than 150 bucks to make the thing. But corporate america idiots will gobble these things up ensuring that the proce never comes down.

Who is going to pay 2100 bucks for 100Gb mobile PC?

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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