Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer

What Does Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer Mean?

An ultra-mobile personal computer (UMPC) is a Microsoft term that refers to a handheld device capable of running Microsoft’s Tablet PC operating system (OS). Original design specifications for UMPC were created by Microsoft and Intel. The UMPC’s specifications were quietly launched in February 2006 and code named the Origami Project. The device is larger than a personal digital assistant (PDA) and smaller than a laptop and uses a touch screen or stylus.

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Techopedia Explains Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer

The first UMPCs to hit the market were the Amtek T700 and the Samsung Q1, which were sold under a variety of names in the U.S. and Europe in 2006. Microsoft determined the following baseline specifications for a UMPC, although exact specifications will vary between manufacturers:

  • Screen size: 5-7 inches
  • Screen resolution: minimum of 800×480 resolution
  • Weight: Less than 1 kilogram
  • Display orientation: Landscape or portrait
  • Input methods: Touch screen or stylus
  • Optional: Add-on Bluetooth or USB-based keyboard
  • Operating system: Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Network connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, 3G and evolution data optimized
  • Battery life: 2.5 hours or more
  • Processor: Intel Celeron M, Intel Pentium M or VIA C7-M
  • Storage: 30 gigabyte hard disk drive or larger

Overlapping handheld computing device design specifications resulted in UMPCs within a variety of categories, including subnotebook, ultraportable, mini-laptop, mobile Internet device or mini-notebook.

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