“After Bill Gates described his vision of a fully functional mobile PC with all-day battery life priced around US$500 at last year’s WinHEC conference, many were surprised to see Microsoft come to market with a device that’s not only bigger but more expensive and power-hungry than the software maker had hoped,” Buket Oktem writes for IT Business. “Stephen Baker, an NPD Group analyst, doesn’t see the devices having much mass appeal. ‘Prices are too high for the mass market, battery life isn’t sufficient and product definition is not sufficient,’ he said. ‘It’s a product in search of a solution. The hardware and software manufacturers have an idea, they have a form factor and components but they’re not really sure what they should do with this other than it’s ultra mobile.’”
“Based on the vendors committed to the platform — Samsung, Asus and China’s Founder — Eddie Chan of IDC Canada said it will be a while until UMPC devices come north of the border. ‘Realistically it will be a year before we see any rampup,’ he said. ‘And keep in mind that tablets haven’t taken off the way Microsoft had hoped,'” Oktem writes. “According to Baker, the products are being released prematurely. ;This is very bad marketing from Intel and Microsoft to push something that isn’t really ready yet because it does leave open the possibility that bad reception is going to kill it and it’s probably not worthy of being killed,; he said.”
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