It may be hard to believe nowadays, but there actually were some innovative small devices before the dawn of the great Android and its attempt to take over the mobile computing realm. Enter the Ocosmos OCS1 UMPC, trying to bring the Windows OS back en vogue as Intel begins to transition over to their new Oak Trail platform from the now-aging Atom Z5xx-series of the past three years.
At Intel's IDF conference earlier this week, Oak Trail was front and center and Ocosmos looks to have a design that should only help revive the flagging UMPC category. Chippy from UMPCPortal got some hands-on time with the OCS1, which features a 4.8-inch 1024×600 capacitive screen, along with a 1.5GHz single-core Oak Trail processor and GMA600 video chipset that runs at double the clock speed of the older GMA500. Other specs include a 32GB SSD, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, front and rear-facing cameras, and an HDMI port. Standard RAM is 1GB, with 2GB as an option.
What makes this new slider unique, though is the inclusion of game controls that flank both sides of the screen. It remains to be seen how well games will run on the new platform, since they were pretty much a no-go on the older Atom, but hopefully Intel will keep the drivers current for the GMA600 so the hardware-based acceleration can be fully utilized. I'm wondering, as everyone fawns over Android, and even iOS, is there still a market for a UMPC like the OCS1?[UMPCPortal]