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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

3K Computers debuts Linux-based “UMPC”

Mini Notebook UMPC? What the heck is that? Is not this a Ultra Low Cost PC? A subnotebook? or Just a mini notebook? I'm all confused. A year ago all was clear, UMPC was anything small PC with touch screen of 7 inches or less and a weight of less than 2 pounds. Now everything is called UMPC. And probably to call the original origami devices UMPC was a mistake because anything could be called UMPC. What a mess! Anyway... SlipperyBrick has posted about a new "mini subnotebook" from 3K Computers.

3K Computers has announced a new laptop computer the company considers to fit in the UMPC mold. It is priced starting at around $400 and is known as the Longitude 400 Mini Notebook UMPC.

The 3K Longitude 400 weighs under two pounds and sports a seven-inch display. It runs off of a 400 MHz 32-bit single core mobile processor, 512 MB of DDR2 RAM and a 1GB internal flash drive for file storage. The operating system is Linux based as well.

400 MHz processor? No wonder it needs Linux! 1 Gb of internal flash drive! No wonder it needs Linux! If OEMs keep lowing the costs we are going to end with smart calculators in our pockets! Well, now that I think about it, my Pocket PC has a 600 MHz processor so probably we can call this a Pocket PC!

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