Microsoft will present new versions of Origami / Vistagami at CES 2021
Microsoft got quite a lot of attention this spring for the Origami project, even before a new class of devices, somewhere between a PDA (a pocket computer that fits in the palm of your hand) and a tablet PC (a laptop with a touch screen), was officially unveiled. I attracted, as they say, on my own head: these devices were, without exaggeration, ostracized for excessive cost with very modest possibilities – few people spoke positively about these ultra mobile computers (UMPC).
However, Microsoft did not give up and a little later showed the public the development of its concept in the form of Vistagami. No less expensive than their predecessors, these UMPCs already looked more attractive, as they had a little more capabilities, and most importantly, they ran a new 64-bit OS with a three-dimensional graphical user interface (GUI), which was then only available for PCs. as beta. Next month, at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show), the company will present several new devices that represent the development of the Vistagami concept. Vistagami can be expected to be at least mentioned by Bill Gates in his CES plenary session on the new features that Windows Vista unlocks in personal computers. However, two main reasons for criticism of Origami / Vistagami remain unchanged: excessive price and short battery life.
In this regard, it is very interesting that Microsoft representatives mention the new Intel McCaslin platform, which is in development, expected in the middle of next year. A number of new products are expected in this direction from the Taiwanese VIA. The latter has a definite advantage in terms of size and power consumption: for example, Samsung managed to achieve five hours of battery life in the Q1B instead of two and a half in the Q1.
And yet, according to IDC, the first UMPCs have not yet been successful in the global market, and some models have even made it to the list of the biggest disappointments of 2021. And the best-selling models turned out to be Sony UX mini PCs, which are outside the scope of the Origami / UMPC concept. While the Sony UXs are even more expensive than the Samsung Q1, they are more attractive to consumers who are willing to pay a couple thousand dollars for a portable all-in-one.
As for the devices expected at CES, analysts expect the appearance of Vistagami and analogs, the key feature of which will be working under Vista OS. But it will be an OS adapted to work on solutions with a display size of 7 inches or less. Sony’s experience will also be taken into account – models with a sliding keyboard are expected in the Vistagami camp.
However, non-Vista devices are also expected. For example, TabletKiosk, one of the earliest manufacturers of Origami, plans to release a dust and moisture resistant version of a Windows XP mini-tablet that can handle harsh weather conditions.
The source data is very curious that Intel, in turn, is not going to focus on the concept of new solutions only as “ultra mobile PCs”, but may move to the concept of “ultra mobile devices”. We are talking about devices such as media players and communicators / smartphones – they are designed to solve, first of all, specific tasks, and only secondly – for executing various API applications, which strikingly distinguishes them from computers (both desktop and portable). However, Intel does not think about the imminent prospects of such a rebirth of the concept of portable devices, while Microsoft admits that the demand for non-Windows solutions is high, but they are confident in the attractiveness of mobile devices running on a full-fledged computer OS (Windows XP / Vista).