OQO Finally Gets it Right With the model 02+ MID
There are actually two versions of the OQO model 2+; the specs for the two models are:
The specs for the 1.86GHz-based model 02+ actually seem robust enough to consider the device a fully-functional, mobile computer and not just a glorified communications device; although, for optimum performance, we would probably choose Windows XP over Vista. Both versions of the model 02+ weigh only one pound and they measure 3.3x5.6x1.0-inches (HWD). The 1.86GHz model 02+ also includes an OLED-based display, which OQO claims has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. OLED doesn't require a backlight, so using this display technology should contribute towards better battery life. OQO claims that both units should get about 3.5 hours of battery life with the standard 4,500mAh battery, or 7 hours with the optional ("double capacity") 9,000mAh battery. The displays on both units have touchscreen capabilities, and the displays also slide up to reveal a backlit, "58-key thumb keyboard."
Both version of the model 02+ also come with an integrated Qualcomm Gobi 3G mobile broadband (EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA) module and a "proprietary penta-band antenna." It can work domestically on both Verizon Wireless and Sprint networks, as well as internationally as "an open-SIM device on GRPS/EDGE, UMTS, and HSPA," with potential downstream speeds of up 7.2Mbps and potential upstream speeds of up to 2.0Mbps.
The model 02+ can output up to a 1,920x1,200 video resolution to external displays via its HDMI port. The model 02+ will also work all existing model 02 and model e2 accessories, such as the OQO docking station and existing GPS solutions.
Early reports are coming in from the CES show flow from folks who have had a chance to spend some hands-on time with 1.86GHz version of the OQO model 02+. These reports all seem favorable and most folks seem genuinely impressed with the model 02+'s design and performance. As always, second-hand information--as well as fleeting first impressions--are never enough to truly judge a product's merits; which is why we hope to get a unit in our hands when the model 02+ ships in May 2009, so we can put it though the HotHardware paces and give you our own impressions.