Intel Menlow-based UMPC: The Movie

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Behold the new UMPC with Menlow, for it will "truly put the full Internet in your pocket"! According to the Intel Ultra Mobile Group Chief Evangelist, that is. And provided you have the pants of Krusty The Clown and are ready to take all kinds of "is that the full Internet in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?" jokes. The most interesting bit from Mark, showing the Compal prototype in Beijing, was his mention of the Ultra Mobile Platform 2008 running Windows, Linux and Mac OS X:

"This can also run Linux. We don't care what you put on it. [Can you run OS X?] Absol... you know? I bet you could, because the iPhone is going to be running OS X."

While a fully functional PC with 45 nanometer Silverthorn processor running Mac OS X won't be a surprise, it's nice to find that 1) Intel doesn't give a damn about Windows in the brave new world of mobility computing and 2) there seems to be an absol-I-bet-you-could possibility of Apple using Menlow for their next iPhone/Mini-me MacBooks.

In any case, the Compal-who-thinks-it's-a-PSP is a nice "fully functional PC" on its own, running for 4 to 6 hours on "cellphone batteries" with a panoramic touchscreen, sliding keyboard and support for all kinds of Wi-Fi and WiMax.

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I *do* want "something with integrated 3G/dual cameras/gps/fingerprint reader" built in, and unfortunately, that might also stick me with Windows.

Integrated 3G + Wifi = Internet anywhere.

Dual cameras = Snapshots *and* videoconferencing, again, anywhere.

GPS = My location, for tracking, mapping, etc.

Fingerprint reader = Not having to type in some obscure freaking password on a tiny chiclet keyboard. Holy balls, that's ALWAYS a pain with anything less than a laptop keyboard.

So, why Windows, you may ask? Applications. I've got a Nokia 770. The email client sucks. Gmail isn't enough for all of my needs, and Google Docs and Spreadsheets *doesn't work.*

Sure, I can install the Minimo browser, and Google Docs works, but it's dog slow. At that point, I might as well just run Office and call it a day. Since there are some apps that I run that *don't* have decent Linux counterparts, it's all back to Windows for me.

The end result: I'd like a system about the size of the Nokia 770/N800/OQO Model 02, but with the additional bells and whistles, a 1024x600 screen, and a keyboard that doesn't suck. (The Sony UX series came close, but that keyboard is unusable.) Intel's pretty much hit the sweet spot, and if they're really showing us anything close to an 8.5x5.5 form factor at under an inch thick with the sliding keyboard AND 4 hours of battery life, I'm sold.