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Vista on a handheld by 2007

Vista on a handheld by 2007

Otellini with the handtop.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini has shown off a new class of device which he thinks will be running Windows Vista by 2007.

The new form factor, which he calls a Handtop, is a small device with a touch sensitive screen, possibly sporting a QWERTY thumboard too.

Paul's Handtop looks rather a lot like the OQO model 01 to us. Having had a play with that device, which runs Tablet PC Edition, we can quite see the value in a mini PC in your pocket.

The enabler for this platform will be the new processors from Intel next year. Merom, the new processor designed for laptops, will operate at such a low power consumption that it should be able to squeeze into a small device such as this.

The alternative is that Intel's PXA mobile processors, which currently power PocketPCs, could well scale up - the chip is designed to hit speeds of over 1GHz by next year, Intel said yesterday.

Would this kind of PC be useful to you, or is it a bit of a gimmick? Let us know what you think in the forums.