Posted on 19 September 2008, Last updated on 11 November 2019 by


It is nice to see a ultra mobile PC in the recent sea of netbooks. UMPCPortal forum user SlickRick has come across the NOVA Side Arm 2 (Chippy jokes in his mini blog, “…not ARM based!”), a new ultra mobile PC which easily reminds me of the Panasonic CF-U1. It looks thinner than the CF-U1 but I still wouldn’t call it pretty; it is certainly an industry machine rather than consumer, which makes it odd that some of their photos have a high-school-age girl showing off the product. The keyboard actually looks pretty nice, as long as your thumbs can cover the whole thing. Check out the full specs page, the important stuff is below:

  • 800 x 480 7″ palm rejection touch screen
  • Intel Atom 1.1 GHz Z510 with US15W chipset
  • 1GB/2GB of RAM
  • 4GB disk on module, Micro SD card
  • 8GB/16GB/32GB DOM solid state storage optional per slot (2 slots)
  • 60/120GB HDD or 32/64GB SSD
  • PC express card
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • SD card slot
  • GPS
  • 802.11 a/b/g
  • Bluetooth V2.0
  • 3G (optional)
  • Up to 10 hours battery life

I can’t say the 800×480 resolution is very thrilling, but for an industry computer with lots of proprietary software I guess it isn’t that big of a deal. The rest of the specs look pretty good, especially 10 hours of battery life, but this may be with a secondary battery attachment, as it sounds like this will be a module oriented UMPC. With integrated GPS and 3G this could be a great geocaching device.


7 Comments For This Post

  1. Fixup says:

    Such OQO alike devices share the same major limit: they are handtop only, not laptop/notebook. The productivity and usability is very limited by the thumb pad. A small thumb pad is ideal for smartphones for one-hand convenience such as the Palm Treo, but not for Windows, especially when it is such wide – too large for thumbs and too small for all fingers.

    If you guys are old enough, you know the very first smallest PC is an IBM, made from its Japan branch. It is very much like this Arm. It was a nice toy that’s never got popular beyond collectors’ garages. Inspired by it, Toshiba, then the #1 laptop seller, created the very popular Libretto with a touch-type-able keyboard, like the new Everun Note.

    Believe me (my collection of UMPCs are more than your age), if you want the smallest computer that can still do work for you other than a nice toy, you need something like the Everun Note or Fujitsu U820, not one of these.

  2. Fixup says:

    The IBM I was talking about is IBM PC 110. Its keyboard is actually much better than this Arm’s. But the keyboard on Libretto 100/110 (very similar to Everun Note) is the smallest that’s still truly touch-type-able for daily primary computing. I have written thousands, thousands lines of C++ code and 30 some published scientific/engineering papers on the Libretto keyboard. The keys on the Everun Note are much bigger than Libretto’s even though the former is 1 cm smaller on both dimensions. The keys on the Fujitsu U810 (I have not touched a U820 yet) is almost the same size of Libretto. So both Everun and Fujitsu should do better for smaller and lighter than the Libretto.

    Note: I’m not talking about the Libretto U100 which is nothing like the adorable 100/110CT but a crap.

  3. Fixup says:

    I have no idea where such handtops can be used. They are too expensive and too rich for the blood of UPS/FedEx drivers. Even the Libretto was too small to find a market, where is the market for these?

  4. fraglez says:

    dimensions?! weight?! – this is umpc site!

  5. kyuss says:


    welcome to UMPCportal!

    the motto of this site should be:

    you don’t like UMPCs? they are niche products? they have no market? well, leave us alone then and never come back… :-D

  6. ProDigit says:

    if it says7″ screenI guess your thumbs must be able to touch all keys..

    Not my thing though…

  7. BostonTech says:

    This one states one handed keyboard design so it looks like they are looking for this to be held in one hand and typed on with the other. Completely agree, you cannot thumb a keyboard in a device this size so it looks like they took an alternate approach to it. They also list a two hand type able version on their business unit.

4 Trackbacks For This Post

  1. UMPC Nova Side Arm 2, con módulo 3G y GPS says:

    […] Más información en NOVA (vía UMPC Portal) […]

  2. Nova Side Arm 2, nuevo UMPC que no pasará desapercibido - Que Gadgets says:

    […] desde la web UMPC Portal nos hemos enterado de la presentación de un nuevo y destacado UMPC de manos de la compañía Nova, […]

  3. Nova saca un nuevo PC Ultramóvil | Todo Engadgets says:

    […] UMPC Portal Gadgets, UMPC Escrito por Li-Luna|Septiembre – 22 – […]

  4. Nova Side Arm 2 un UMPC impresionante | Blog sobre gadgets y electrónica de consumo en general. | Isogadgets says:

    […] Fuente […]

Recommended Reading

Top Ultra Mobile PCs

Dell Latitude E7440
14.0" Intel Core i5-4200U
Viliv S5
4.8" Intel Atom (Silverthorne)
Acer Aspire Switch 10
10.1" Intel Atom Z3745
GPD Win 2
6.0" Intel m3 7Y30
GPD Pocket 2
7.0" Intel Core m3-8100Y
HP Elitebook 820 G2
12.5" Intel Core i5 5300U
Acer Aspire E11 ES1
11.6" Intel Celeron N2840
Microsoft Surface Go
10.0" Intel Pentium 4415Y
Dell Latitude E7450
14.0" Intel Core i5 5200U
Lenovo Ideapad Flex 10
10.1" Intel Celeron N2806