Palm UMPC more likely than ever

CutetuxHmm. What do you think of this?

Several months ago, I mentioned the possibility of Palm joining the UMPC fray based on several handtop-flavored patents and some other information. Then last week, the company announced that it’s been working on an exclusive Linux-based mobile platform for years. Also last week, a Merrill Lynch analyst spoke about the possibility of Palm launching a new product as early as next month. "Given Palm’s traditional expertise in mobile computing," the analyst said, "we believe the new product could be an Ultra Mobile PC – essentially a small ultra-portable laptop with wireless capability." And then of course there’s yesterday’s news about Intel’s upcoming Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), which can be loosely defined as Linux-based UMPCs.

Whether Palm is actually among the first to launch a UMPC/MID remains to be seen, but it sure seems (as the title suggests) more likely than ever.

UPDATE: Palm announced the Foleo (not a UMPC or MID) on May 30, 2007.

Off topic: Follow this tutorial to make your own G2 Tux.

[Palm Infocenter]
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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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