Microsoft wants UMPC 2.0 devices to cost $499-599

Just over a month ago, Intel revealed what it had in store for its next-generation ultra-mobile PC platform, McCaslin. The folks at Ars Technica now have information regarding what Microsoft wants next-generation UMPCs to look like, from display and form factor down to pricing. According to Ars, Microsoft wants the UMPC 2.0 “experience” to involve smaller, higher-resolution displays, thinner enclosures, and even new input methods like QWERTY keyboards. Displays will be 5″ to 7″ across, and like the display on Samsung’s new Q1 Ultra, they’ll have a resolution of 1024×600 as well as LED back-lighting.

With the higher resolution displays and smaller form factors will also come a price reduction. Samsung’s Q1 Ultra costs $799, but Ars says Microsoft wants next-gen UMPCs to cost between $499 and $599—a significant drop from the intended $599-$999 price range for original UMPCs. For reference, the cheapest UMPC on Newegg right now seems to be the Samsung Q1B, which costs a relatively hefty $869.99.

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    • snowdog
    • 12 years ago

    I want windows to cost $10.

    That is a lot more fair than what Microsoft wants considering the profit margin of software vs hardware.

    • Hattig
    • 12 years ago

    An N800 is still more appealing for general use, and the price is far sweeter. Even then I can’t justify getting one, so a more expensive Windows-beridden UMPC is never going to get a look in.

    • Voldenuit
    • 12 years ago

    How much of the sticker price is due to the cost of windows?

    Not sure if MS discloses OEM licensing costs.

      • SGT Lindy
      • 12 years ago

      I would bet less $50.

        • Stranger
        • 12 years ago

        I’ve heard people throw around the $35 number before for big OEMs but take that with a grain of salt.

          • SPOOFE
          • 12 years ago

          Well, it sounds like MS really wants to push the platform; they may be giving big deals to entice builders to take on the design.

    • Snake
    • 12 years ago

    Can I say – FREQUENTY – that “I told you so”.

    My posting history on UMPC pricing is all over the internet – and this very site – and said r[

      • SPOOFE
      • 12 years ago

      Well… the reduction of price for more capable, smaller, cooler equipment is hardly a breakthrough prediction. I’m kinda more surprised that there are people that DIDN’T see this coming.

    • red0510
    • 12 years ago

    When the post disappears, here’s what was said.

    #1 wrote:
    “The real future of UMPCs:
    ยง[<<]ยง Pity the creators of Dick Tracy won't see a penny of royalties, though."

      • Ricardo Dawkins
      • 12 years ago

      LOL, good job.
      #1, wow…you are more crazy than me.

      • Flying Fox
      • 12 years ago

      Good job red! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • bhtooefr
      • 12 years ago

      Well played. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Anyway, I don’t see that as the answer – two totally different goals.

      That watch has a goal of giving you your contacts and such on your wrist, and succeeds at that. It’s not so great for running apps, though.

      The UMPCs are great when you need to run Windows apps in something that can easily fit in two hands. My company is actually looking at the Q1 Ultra-XP as a replacement for part of their aging fleet of laptops.

    • gratuitous
    • 12 years ago

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