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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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.