Archive | January, 2007

VIA-based OE demo. Nice Audio, Gallery. Video not working.

Posted on 31 January 2007

This video from jkk shows the Origami Experience on an Amtek T700.  It looks better than the v7110 video (same OEM device) from Thoughtfix but the video issue is still there. No Video playback capability for 2006 VIA-based UMPCs under OE / Vista.

Fingers crossed for the OQO Model 02 and the Medion UMPC.

 

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OEMs readying Vista UMPCs

Posted on 31 January 2007

  

After yesterday’s Vista launch, there are more devices surfacing online with Vista as the primary OS.  Checking the OQO website reveals that it has been updated to include Vista as a choice. The new system is however only available on the model 02 “best” version and the option to have it on other configurations is absent at the moment. If you are prepared  to wait another 8-12 weeks, then you can now order and have a choice of either Windows XP or Vista Business  at no additional  cost or Vista Ultimate for a special at a special upgrade price of $100.

In other news today, jkontherun reports that the Samsung Q1P is available to order with Vista Business at PC Connection and at CDW – It appears to be the same as the Windows Q1P however no other information is provided. We hope to see Vista drivers for the Q1 soon – especially since Microsoft uses this UMPC in its own Vista advertising campaigns (see right image).

 

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Medion UMPC MD96211 available to order in Germany.

Posted on 31 January 2007

Didn’t we hear VIA say ‘well under $1000.’ in this video? Bzzzzzzzt!  Didn’t we hear the president of Arima say that they would go on sale for $800? Bzzzzzzzzzzt!  The Medion UMPC has just gone on pre-order availability in Germany for 1000 Euro. You do get the docking station, Windows Vista Home Premium and Microsoft Works thrown in so maybe you could call this a ‘bundle.’ but it won’t be available with the built in GPS and it won’t be available with the build in DVB-T solution. With all the bad news about media playback on VIA-based Vista devices one wonders how they’re going to sell any at all. Lets ignore that bit though and assume that Arima are going to get some drivers together in time for launch.

Ignoring the price and possible driver issues, (don’t forget the blocked MovieMaker and DVDMaker apps – which is probably why they are including Nero DVD softare!)  the Medion UMPC is a nice machine. The hardware layout with touchpad and keyboard is good, the weight is nice, the battery life and the size too but its such a shame that Vista is pushing the prices up like this. Vista has come at the wrong time for UMPCs so maybe we should forget Vista for a while, stick with XP and a nice StreetDeck ‘experience.’ Anyone with us on this?

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First UMPC magazine is on the virtual shelves.

Posted on 31 January 2007

Its in Spanish, its a PDF but its a sign, a really good sign, that things are moving in UMPC-land and we’re really pleased to see that people are having the confidence to invest time and money in the sector. ToDo UMPC Magazine is the first electronic publication dedicated to UMPCs and its 27-pages come from the team at ToDoUMPC.com Unfortunately,our Spanish extends only as far as ‘English Breakfast por favor’ so we have no idea what it’s saying but there appears to be some helpful info inside. Good luck to ToDoUMPC.

ToDo UMPC Magazine is available here.

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Origami Experience is available. Bad news for VIA users.

Posted on 31 January 2007

The Origami Experience software, an exciting overlay package for UMPCs running Vista was released to the public yesterday. 

Origami Experience Pack contains these three programs for an Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) running Windows Vista:
Origami Experience
Access your music, videos, pictures, and favorite programs.
Sudoku
Play this popular game using a touch screen.
Touch Settings
Easily view and interact with the touch screen on a UMPC.

Its available for download from here and already, some keen users have posted their reports.

Thoughtfix was disappointed. On the TabletKiosk v7110 he has (a VIA-based device – problems are starting to mount up for these.) its too slow and he’s decided to go back to XP. He’s also made a video which indeed shows a very unusable bit of software.

Matt Propst also has some thoughts. He also uses a VIA based Q!B UMPC and …”Once again, BOO slow performance!”

So far we haven’t seen any reports from Intel-based UMPC users although Matt Faulkner has done an video review with it running on the ASUS R2H and we can see it works.

The origami experience is a lovely bit of software and appears to offer many advantages to UMPC users. As it stands today though, only the ASUS R2H is capable of running it. The two new ‘Vista’ UMPCs – the Medion and OQO Model 02 – look like they won’t get the advantage of being able to run this software at all and in fact the question still remains, will any VIA UMPC be capable of running Vista Media Center and Media Player successfully. So far, no-one can tell us otherwise. 

 

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LS800 gets Vista drivers.

Posted on 30 January 2007

This is another one to add to the list. The Motion Computing LS800 (Pentium-M , Intel 915 chipset) now has a set of drivers available for Vista here. It includes a graphics driver for the GMA900 (Version 14.25.0.4704) Have any of the Samsung Q1 owners tried this driver?

 

Source: [url=http://studenttabletpc.com/2007/01/le1600_and_ls800_vista_drivers_available.html]StudentTabletPC[/url]

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VIA’s new VN896 won’t support aero.

Posted on 30 January 2007

According to an FAQ posted at VIAarena, the new VN896 IGP for the C7-M ULV CPU won’t be able to support Aero after all.

Can any of VIA’s Direct X9.0 integrated chipsets run Aero?
No they cannot

I had previously reported that we were waiting for confirmation, then I saw WDDM drivers and assumed ‘aero.’ Apparently you can’t make that assumption. Sorry readers! Don’t expect aero on VIA-based UMPC for another year or so. Personally I’m not worried about this issue at all. I didn’t expect it and I don’t even want it. Flying windows will kill my battery life! There is another issue that’s worrying me though and that is,  why doesn’t Vista Media Center and Media Player work for the VIA UMPC owners? So far I’ve had 4 reports of it not working. Thoughtfix even blogged about it today.

Not only is Windows Media Center broken as hell, but Windows Media PLAYER is broken too! I got about 3 frames per second from just about any video I tried to play on it. Identical videos played without problems on XP Tablet 2005.

I’m trying really hard to get info from VIA about this but I haven’t got anywhere yet. The only things possible at this stage are that they release some new drivers or, as they did on XP, a dedicated media playback application. That option isn’t going to impress anyone. Especially if they’ve just spent $2K on an OQO Model 02.

Vista UMPC updates

Posted on 30 January 2007

Just hours after the Vista launch, there are already 4 announcements about Vista-based UMPCs.

First prize goes to the Sony UX390N which was reported to be available in the SonyStyle store over the last weekend. The 390N is the SSD-equipped version for the US market and sits beside the UX280P which is XP-based but Vista upgradable. Moving east with Sony, we see that the same model will be launched in the UK as the UX1XN for an incredible £2000. These are not the prices we’re looking for! Another hop east on the Sony trail brings us to Akihabara land where it looks like the same model again has been launched as the UX-91S.

We’ve seen the Samsung Q1 running Vista all over the place but there has been no official word were on upgrades. There have been rumors and this news brings credibility to those rumors. Aving are reporting that a new Vista certified ‘SenS’ Q1 (again it looks like an SSD version) has been announced. Its Celeron and Intel 915-based so one assumes that all the drivers are now ready from Samsung.

In addition to the above, we also know that the OQO Model 02 and the Medion MD RIM 1000 UMPCs will come with Vista. The ASUS R2H has a Vista upgrade program in place but still doesn’t appear to be purchasable with Vista pre-installed.

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Kohjinsha UMPC review is ready.

Posted on 30 January 2007

Its 35 minutes past Vista here and I’ve just posted a review of an XP based UMPC!

 
Its the Kohjinsha SA1!

I think I’ve covered all the important angles but if there’s anything more you need to know, lets talk about it in this forum thread.

Full review of the Kohjinsha SA1F00A

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New UMPC-specific Microsoft Vista site. ‘Experience’ imminent.

Posted on 29 January 2007

There’s a new Microsoft Vista website up that’s totally dedicated to UMPCs. I need to take a much closer look but on first impressions (do they count?) it looks really impressive.

Want to easily access and use your software anywhere? The Ultra-Mobile PC combines the power of Windows Vista and the Origami Experience with mobile-ready technologies to put everything you need at your fingertips, wherever you go.

I’m glad that they’ve dropped the Origami name for the hardware product and moved it over to the software. It makes more sense.  It looks like the Origami Experience is about to launch too. This thread over at Origamiproject.com gives the hint!

Vista launches in just 40 minutes here in Europe.

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Medion UMPC. Updates due tomorrow.

Posted on 29 January 2007

Thanks to MiktamPro, a member of the forums here, we’ve found out that there might be some news tomorrow about the Medion MD RIM1000 UMPC.  Here’s the text as we got it.

Talked with Medion today (Jan.29th) The calls/emails have been enormous for them, however they plan to have more information out on Thursday (Feb.1) as to availability, pricing, pre-order, etc. I am on their “call back” list to receive more info, as I am sure a lot of you are. Once I get more on the RIM1000, I’ll post. Thanks!

Sounds promising. There’s no news from Medion’s homeland yet so maybe that’s also coming ‘auf Deutsche’ tomorrow.

In the meantime, feast on the specs here.

N800 expose and news

Posted on 29 January 2007

We couldn’t post this yesterday. Not on a Sunday. Really.

Thoughtfix has pulled apart the Nokia N800 for the good of the community and journaled his findings. There’s a video and a full set of images that, to be honest, don’t reveal much except custom chips and a tidy design. No secret ‘boost’ button then? Damn!

Speaking of boost, Ari Jaaksi says that the N800 will get better and the Canola team says they are close to a release of the Canola Media player. If the video support is improved, its going to really enhanced the package. 1mbps 400×240 Xvid capability would be nice. As yet we haven’t heard of anyone getting that sort of performance.

 

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