Move Over, OQO. The DualCor cPC is Coming

For a couple of years now, OQO has been struggling to build a user base for its ultratiny tablet PC, but so far uptake appears to have been minimal. Even a recent refresh of the OQO Model 01 has yet to sway consumers toward the itty bitty portable. And now, to make matters worse, the Model 01 is about to get a little competition from an even smaller device with smart phone features.

Measuring 6.5 inches long and 3.3 inches wide, the DualCor cPC is a Windows XP Tablet Edition-based smart phone driven by a 1.5GHz C7-M processor and 1GB of DDR RAM, and packing a 40GB hard drive. The phone features make it a compelling alternative to the OQO, as long as you can tolerate having a 6.5-inch phone stuffed in your pocket all day long.

The obvious trouble with this entire category of ultralight PC is that they demand tremendous compromise from end users. Offering very limited processing power in a package that’s notably bulkier than the average PDA, these devices tend to be way too expensive for most users. However, the fact that a new competitor has arrived on the scene may signal an eventual move in the right direction. (In our opinion, that direction would be smaller, cheaper, and more powerful.)


Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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