U91

New Atom-based UMPCs running a Windows desktop operating system are becoming very scarce as companies focus their efforts on Android tablets. So when a small group of them landed in my inbox this morning, it was like Halloween had come early and someone accidentally dropped their Rolex in my trick-or-treat bag.

Well, okay, a Rolex knock-off. It isn't the greatest device ever seen and it won't disrupt existing trends, but Mineral Technology is at least bringing a new UMPC to market. It's incredibly chunky and the specs won't blow your minds, yet the U91 still feels like a breath of fresh air. I don't think anyone's ever said that about an unknown Chinese company's products before!

Four configurations make up the U91 UMPC series, which all feature 7-inch WVGA two-point multitouch screens, 1.6GHz Atom N270 processors, WiFi, GPS, optional 3G, dual cameras, SD card slot, VGA and ethernet ports, and trackpads.

U91-s

There are black, green, white, and red versions available, though it's possible that each one is specific to a particular configuration.

Here are the differentiating specs and prices:

  • U91-S: 16GB SSD, 1GB RAM, $460
  • U91G-S: 16GB SSD, 1GB RAM, $490
  • U91-A: 32GB SSD, 2GB RAM, $520
  • U91G-A: 32GB SSD, 2GB RAM, $540

I assume the G versions include 3G, but that isn't clear from the information.

I don't think there's any chance that the U91 will ever be sold globally and the styling definitely needs improvement, but I'm still happy to see a handheld device running Windows.

Thanks, Trapped.In.A.Room!