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.