14 Hot Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC’s)
Ultra Mobile Personal Computers (UMPC’s) can be thought of as mini laptops aimed at the more mobile segments of today’s consumer market. If you are a casual computer user, traveling salesman or a student, carrying around a heavy full-sized notebook is probably daunting and unnecessary.
That’s where the UMPC comes in: It’s slim form factor, light weight and low voltage processor make it ideal for those who need a thin and light road warrior.
While not all UMPCs have a long 3+ hour battery life, manufacturers are certainly getting there this year with Intel’s new Atom Processors which promise lower power consumption at the same clock cycles.
Scroll down to see 14 of the hottest UMPC models under 10 inches!
- Asus Eee PC 900 (Available):
The Eee PC 900 is a larger screen version of the Eee PC 701. It is available in stores as of now. It runs Windows XP Home or Linux and features a 900Mhz Celeron-M Processor, 8.9″ Display at 1024×600, 1GB RAM, 12GB SSD (Solid State Hard-Drive), 802.11g WLAN, 1.3MP Webcam and a 37Watt/hour battery. It weighs 940grams and has dimensions of 225 x 165 x 35 mm.
- Medion Akoya (Expected):
The Medion looks similar in design to the MSI Wind, however little else besides its specifications are known. It features a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom Processor, 8.9″ 1024×600 display, 80GB hard drive, 802.11b/g and option Bluetooth 2.0. It weighs 1.2kilograms and has a built-in webcam.
- MSI Wind U100 (Upcoming):
Not much is known about the MSI Wind, but its rumored to a Windows XP UMPC that will cost between 450 and 1000USD. An official MSI press release indicates a Summer 2008 availability. It’s features are a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom Processor, 1GB RAM, Intel GMA 950 Graphics, an 8″ or 10″ display at 1024×600, 80GB Hard disk, 802.11b/g and a built-in camera. The unit may also come with an optional bluetooth module. It weighs 1.2kilograms and has dimensions of 260 x 180 x 31 mm.
- Everex Cloudbook Max (Upcoming):
The Cloudbook Max is a Windows Vista UMPC that was announced at CTIA in April 2008 and will be part of the Sprint Xohm product range in the US. The Cloudbook will utilise the latest VX800 integrated chipset that supports DirectX 9 graphics and hardware decoding of common video formats. It’s specs are: 1.6Ghz VIA C7-M Processor, VIA Chrome 9 Graphics, 2GB RAM, 8.9″ display at 1024×600, 80GB Harddisk, 802.11b/g, bluetooth and possibly WiMax. The unit may also feature integrated GPS and front as well as rear cameras. The Cloudbook weighs 1kilogram and has dimensions of 240 x 175 x 27 mm.
- HP 2133 MiniNote (Available):
The HP Mininote comes with Windows Vista Business or Linux pre-installed. Specs include: A VIA C7-M 1.2Ghz Processor, a VIA Chrome 9 Graphics Chipset, an 8.9″ display at 1280×768, 2GB of RAM, a 120GB Hard Drive, 56Watt/hour Battery and a built-in webcam. The device weighs 1.2kilograms and has dimensions of 256 x 165 x 33 mm.
- HTC Shift X9500
It has a 800MHz processor, a 30GB hard drive, a 7″ touchscreen display, which slides and tilts unveiling a full QWERTY keyboard. It has USB, Bluetooth, WiFi and Quad-band GSM/GPRS . The HTC Shift comes with Windows Vista Business pre-installed at a resolution of 800×480. The dimensions are 207 x 129 x 25 mm and it weighs 800 grams.
- Kohjinsha SR8 (Released):
The Kohjinsha SR8 is the first UMPC with a built-in DVD-RW Drive. It is available for around 750-800USD and comes with Windows Vista Home Edition. Specs include an 800 Mhz Intel A110 Processor, 7″ display at 1024×600, Touchscreen, 1GB RAM, 60GB Hard Disk, Built-in Webcam, 802.11b/g and an Internal DVD-RW. It weighs 1.1kilograms and has dimensions of 233 x 177 x 33 mm.
- Fujitsu U1010 (Released):
The U1010 has a heavy touchscreen aimed at stylus users which inadvertently gave this UMPC the title of the world’s smallest convertible tablet PC. It comes with an 800Mhz Intel A110 Processor, Windows Vista Business, 5.6″ display at 1024×600, touchscreen, 1GB RAM, 40GB Hard Disk, 802.11b/g, Webcam and Fingerprint Reader. It has a tiny 19Watt/Hour battery, and weighs a miniscule 580grams. It’s dimensions are 171 x 133 x 32 mm.
- Packard Bell EasyNote XS (Released):
Packard Bell claims that their Windows XP based EasyNote is actually a laptop running a UMPC Chipset. But certainly, its 7″ display and sub 1kilogram weight brings it solidly into the UMPC category. The EasyNote XS is an 800USD UMPC with the following features: 1.2Ghz VIA C7-M Processor, 1GB of RAM, 7″ display at 800×480, 30GB 1.8″ hard drive, 802.11b only, memory card reader and inbuilt vga webcam. Battery life is rated at 3 hours.
- Clevo TN70M (Expected):
The Clevo TN70M is available to OEMs only. However, this cutting edge UMPC is running on an Intel Atom Processor coupled with a 4-cell battery that is 25% bigger than most UMPC batteries. The more efficient processor and larger battery gives it an estimated runtime of 7 hours. Its specs are: 1.6Ghz Intel Atom Processor, Intel Poulsbo graphics, 7″ touchscreen display at 1024×600, 37 Watt/Hour battery, 802.11b/g, bluetooth 2.0 and optional 3G WLAN. The unit weighs 990grams and has dimensions of 228 x 170 x 33 mm.
- VyePC S18PB (Released):
The VyePC is a Windows XP Pro UMPC made by Kohjinsha. Compared with its cousin the Kohjinsha SR8, the VyePC comes with a less powerful (less power hungry) AMD Geode Processor. The advantage of this is an improved battery life of over 4 hours, however it also means that its slower overall as well. The VyePC S18PB comes with a 550Mhz AMD Geode LX 800 Processor, 7″ touchscreen display at 800×480, 1GB of RAM, 120GB Hard disk, 802.11b/g and bluetooth 2.0. It weighs in at 950grams and has dimensions of 218 x 163 x 25 mm.
- ECS G10L (Expected):
The ECS G10L is an Intel Atom based Mini-Note with 3G HSDPA connectivity by Clove Technology. It is thinner and has a larger screen as compared with the Eee PC 900. It’s spec include an 1.6Ghz Intel Atom Processor, 1GB of RAM, 8.9″ or 10.2″ screen at a rumored resolution of 1280, 802.11b/g and a built-in webcam. It is expected but release date is still unconfirmed.
- Airis Kira (Released):
The Airis Kira is currently only available in France and Spain, it comes with a 1Ghz VIA C7-M Processor, Windows XP Home, 7″ 800×480 display, 1GB RAM, 40GB hard disk, 53Watt/hour battery and 802.11b/g WLAN. It weighs 1.089kilograms and has dimensions of 244 x 172 x 29 mm.
- Pioneer Dreambook Light IL1 (Available)
Update: This UMPC by Pioneer Computers in Australia features a 7″ TFT LCD display at 800×480, a Via 1Ghz processor, and 1GB of RAM. You can choose between up to 8GB of NAND solid state memory, or up to a 80GB 1.8″ hard disk. The battery life reportedly lasts up to 8 hours. You can choose between Windows Vista, or any of 8 versions of Linux. It’s dimensions are 244 x 172 x 28.5 mm and it weighs 1.1kilograms.