Fourth Origami UMPC Uses VIA Processor

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There’s some info coming out on the fourth “Origami” Ultra Mobile PC (after the Asus, Samsung and Founder devices), and it doesn’t use an Intel chip.

The Smart Caddie UMPC comes from Japanese firm PBJ, and is powered by a one gigahertz Via C7M processor. The rest of its features are similar to those of the other UMPCs (BlueTooth, Wifi), although there are two things that are disheartening:

  • Two and half hour battery life (compared to four hours for the Samsung)
  • $1190 price (ouch!)

As you can see in the picture at Gizmodo, the Smart Caddie, while whitish, is the same one from the leaked photos and Microsoft emulator program. Which means it has the same looks we didn’t like in the first place.

Some other details from PBJ’s website (PDF, in Japanese, help!):

  • Runs Windows XP Tablet
  • Via VN800 S3 Graphics Unichrome Pro IGP
  • 800480 TFT
  • Dimension: 228146×25.1 mm
  • Weight: 860 grams

There are also more details on the Founder MiniNote UMPC at paperbackpc.com:

  • Intel ULV Celeron 900MHz or Intel ULV Pentium 1GHz
  • Operating system Pre-installed legal copy Microsoft WindowsXP family version
  • Chip group Intel 915 GMS chip group
  • Memory 256MB/512MB DDRII memory
  • Display monitor 7 “W
  • Hard disk 30G
  • I/O port 1 power source connection
  • 1 microphone jack
  • 1 telephone jack
  • 2 USB 2.0 connections
  • Port duplication connection
  • Wireless accesses the net In sets at the blue tooth module and the 802.11b/g non- wire card, may through clear the GPRS function the blue tooth handset or the wireless local area network realizes the Internet visit
  • Keyboard Folds
  • 1.3 million picture elements
  • Battery 3 cores intelligences lithium ion battery
  • Bestows Joylink software
  • Size 225.5mm x 144mm x 23/25mm (8.85″x5.66″x0.9″)
  • Weight Approximately 830g

(via Gizmodo)

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