One of the media events I’ve got on my CES 2009 agenda next week is Pepcom’s Digital Experience, a showcase that offered attendees the first official look at a lot of the MIDs Intel had on display at the last CES. Though the exhibitor preview email Pepcom sent out today doesn’t include Intel (or Sony) on its list and some companies remain decidedly vague about what they’ll be showing off (Nokia, for example, will be bringing "its latest mobile devices and services . . . which are transforming the Internet"), Digital Experience will still be a can’t-miss event for portable gadget and mobile computing fans.
Why? Because OQO will have its brand new Model 2+ on display! Yes, right there in the email, between Opera Software and PacketVideo, OQO has announced the successor to last year’s Model 02. We’ll need to wait until the night before CES to see how the new OLED-touchscreened UMPC looks from the outside, but here are some highlights of what’s on the inside: 1.86GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and built-in 3G connectivity. With the current VIA-based models starting at $1299 and the SSD version with sunlight-optimized display being priced at $2999, don’t expect the Model 2+ (why not 02+, by the way?) to be cheap.
In any case, I’ll be mobile blogging from the event, so you can count on seeing the new OQO as soon as I do.