OQO Finds High-Speed Network for Windows Vista Handheld

By James Alan Miller

February 07, 2007

Verizon Wireless supports model 02 pocketable computer on its EV-DO 3G network.

OQO's model 02 pocketable computer integrates EV-DO 3G for speedy access to the Internet and e-mail. But what good is high-speed cellular-data networking if there's no network that supports the handheld? Today, OQO answered this question through a partnership with America’s largest CDMA operator.

The company announced Verizon Wireless will support the model 02 through its EV-DO BroadbandAccess service, which provides average download speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second. Verizon says its EV-DO network is available throughout the country in over 242 major metropolitan areas.

"On-the-go professionals need complete access to e-mail and applications but don't want to lug around a traditional laptop or go hunting for a hotspot," according Enderle Group Principal Analyst Rob Enderle.

This is exactly what the model 02 running on Windows Vista and Wide Area Networking (WAN) EV-DO empowers. "model 02's compact size, full laptop capability, and integrated EV-DO enable professionals with the mobility, power, and connectivity for achieving a new standard in productivity," Enderle adds.

Starting now, the model 02 is available for order at OQO's Web site. We should get one in for review shortly.

More on model 02

OQO's Windows Vista-run model O2 follows the company's Windows XP handheld, the model 01+. The one-pound, 5.6 x 3.3 x 1.0-inch device is pretty much an across-the-board upgrade over the previous edition.

And whereas the model 01+ wasn't considered a Ultra Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC), OQO (with the support of Microsoft) is calling the model O2 the first handheld-sized PC in a new UMPC Pro category.

OQO says model 02 is up to four times faster than the last version and its display is over six times brighter. The slide-out QWERTY thumb-keyboard is now backlit and TouchScrollers - for horizontal and vertical scrolling - have been added for easier input and navigation.

There's also a bevy of wireless connectivity options integrated into the model O2: Sprint-powered EV-DO 3G cellular, 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP to support wireless stereo headphones.

In addition to a USB 2.0 port, a microphone, 3.5mm audio out headphone jack and line-in connecter, and VGA out, the model O2 includes a HDMI-out multimedia port. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is designed to replace the maze of cabling used for home entertainment centers with a single connector.

In addition to Vista, the model 02 is built on 1.5 GHz VIA ultramobile processor, 60 GB hard disk drive, and 1GB of RAM. It sports an 800 x 480 pixel 5-inch touch-screen that can be interpolated up to a 1200 x 720 pixel resolution.

The rugged magnesium alloy chassis of the model 02 is a sleeker black now as well.

And there's an optional docking cradle that includes a choice of a dual layer DVD±RW/DVD-RAM or CD±RW/DVD-ROM optical drive, HDMI and Video out, 3 USB ports, 100 Base-T Ethernet, and an audio out / line-in port.

The model 02 starts at $ 1,499.

Story courtesy of SmartPhoneToday.

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