Gentlemen, start your drooling; OQO unveils model 2+

Who knew that dropping a “0” and adding a “+” could have such an impact on a portable PC. Ok, ok – maybe there was a tiny bit more work that went into updating OQO’s latest handheld, but oh wow was it worth it. It wasn’t exactly a complete surprise thanks to prototype demos and a Digital Experience email, but OQO officially unwrapped its model 2+ this morning at CES and it really is a thing of beauty. Talk is cheap – let’s move right to the specs:

processor

  • 1.86GHz Intel® Atom™ Z540 (also available with 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z520)

operating system

  • Windows Vista® Business
  • Windows® XP Professional
  • Windows® XP Home

display

  • size: 5″
  • native resolution: 800×480
  • zoom: 1000×600 and 1024×768 interpolated modes
  • screen technology: WVGA active matrix OLED (LCD also available)
  • controls: ambient light sensor, adjustable brightness
  • external display support: VGA*, HDMI, & DVI monitors up to 1920×1200 resolution, DisplaySense™ for detection and recall of external display settings, simultaneous output to the internal display and one external monitor supported

wireless & networking

  • Wireless WAN (optional): Integrated Gobi 3G mobile broadband (EV-DO and HSPA)
  • Wireless LAN: Atheros tri-mode 802.11a/b/g with diversity
  • Bluetooth technology: Integrated Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • Ethernet protocol: 10/100 available with VGA/Ethernet adapter (optional accessory)

graphics

  • Chipset: Intel SCH US15W (GMA500)
  • video RAM: dynamically allocated shared video memory

storage

  • HDD capacity: up to 120GB (60GB also available)
  • HDD protection: shock-mounted, drop detect technology
  • also available with 60GB Solid State Drive(SSD)

memory

  • installed: 2GB (1GB also available)
  • type: DDR2 SDRAM
  • speed: 533 MHz

input

  • backlit thumb keyboard:
    • integrated touchscreen
    • backlit thumb keyboard
    • 58 keys total: 4 SmartLock™ keys, 18 function keys, & number pad
    • dedicated mouse and zoom buttons
  • track stick pointing device
  • stylus (optional accessory)

ports

  • audio jack: 1/8″ x 1 line in/line out
  • video out: HDMI port, VGA/Ethernet adapter (optional accessory), HDMI-DVI adapter available
  • 1 docking/power connector
  • 1 USB 2.0 compliant port

audio

  • internal speaker and microphone
  • stereo audio jack (line in/line out)

dimensions

  • chassis: rugged magnesium alloy
  • size: 5.6″(W) x 3.3″(H) x 1.0″(D)
  • weight: 1.0 lb with standard battery (weight may vary based on hardware configuration)

battery

  • type: removable lithium-ion polymer battery
  • capacity: 4500mAh (standard), 9000mAh (double capacity)
  • built-in fuel gauge
  • estimated life: 3.5 hours (standard), 7 hours (double capacity)

We weren’t kidding, it’s way too sexy. As far as pricing goes, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that this new model will start at a pretty reasonable $999. Don’t get ahead of yourself however; $999 gets you the 1.33GHz version while the 1.83GHz version starts at $1,499. Options also add up pretty quickly: $149 for EV-DO, $399 for a docking station with integrated CD/DVD RW drive, $279 – $379 for extended warranties of varying lengths and an even $700 if you want to get saucy with the 60GB SSD drive. The model 2+ will be available some time in 1H 2009.

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