First UMPC you can actually buy

TabletKiosk has announced official pricing and configurations for the eo, their Ultra-Mobile PC offering. Orders are being taken now for an April delivery.

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TabletKiosk has announced official pricing and configurations for the eo, their Ultra-Mobile PC offering. Orders are being taken now for an April delivery. Prices start at $899.00 for a 256 MB configuration and a "special" pre-release configuration with 512 MB is available for $999.99. The eo is available in black or white and an extended battery option that delivers 4 hours of plug-free mobility has been announced but it not yet available.

eo uses the Via processor, includes WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and provides 800x480 native resolution on its 7" touch screen with a zoom mode to display 800x600 or1024x768.

It's hard to say much more at this early juncture, but I must admit I'm concerned that any company would ship a Windows XP device (the UMPC runs the Tablet PC Edition with an extra layer of software called the Touch Pack) with only 256 MB or RAM. I've seen "value priced" laptops and desktops shipped this way for a long time, so the issue isn't specific to the UMPC or TabletKiosk but it is of particular concern with the eo since it only has a single DIMM slot.

If you buy a base unit, you'll be tossing the 256 MB stick away like yesterday's chewing gum before long. I'd have to recommend you drop the extra $100 up front for the 512 MB version if you're thinking about getting one of these devices.

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