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OQO Updates Handheld Computer Running Windows XP

The new version bulks up on disk storage, but not on size.

Device vendor OQO Tuesday said it has updated its 14-ounce Windows XP ultra-mini computer.

The initial OQO drew a lot of attention for its small size and weight when it was introduced almost a year ago. At about five inches by three-and-a-half inches by less than an inch, it is closer in size to a PDA than to a laptop.

The new OQO 01+ has roughly the same outer dimensions but sports a larger, built-in 30GB hard drive and more memory with 512MB. It also ships with a universal power supply that plugs into automobile and airplane DC power outlets, the company says. It has a 1GHz processor and, like its predecessor, has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, the company said in a statement. The device has a 5-inch 800 x 480 display and a QWERTY thumb keyboard.

The company says that the device appeals to so-called pro-sumers as well as mobile employees who must perform onsite data collection. The company said in a statement that the device is particularly aimed at specific industries such as healthcare, public safety and insurance.

"Today's introduction of the model 01+ brings our customers more memory, more features and more performance in the same amazingly small package and all for the same price as the original model 01," Jory Bell, OQO's CEO said in a statement.

The device costs $1899.

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