Windows 7 Smartphone? QCosmos Ultra Mobile Device Unveiled at IDF

Alan Fackler

Conventional wisdom says the future of ultra mobile computing will run an Apple iOS, Google OS or even an Intel Meego OS but QCosmos is out to prove that wrong.

The company showed off a PSP-sized device running a full version of Microsoft’s desktop Windows 7 OS. The OCS1 features a 4.8-inch display running at 1024x600, the OMOS sports a capacitive touch screen, GPS, 32GB of storage, and a full-slide out QWERTY keyboard. A USB 2.0 port is onboard as well as a 3 megapixel and front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera. For a CPU, the OCS1 uses Intel’s new Oak Trail Atom derivative chip for tablets and smart phones.

QCosmos says the device is currently limited to Wi-Fi only but there is a roadmap for a version with a cellular device.

The protype that we viewed did appear to be running to the full Windows 7 OS. Although it was not running games, QCosmos says it is capable of running many PC games including Starcraft II.

Officials say  the device is aimed more at the gaming crowd and entertainment crowd so it would likely compete with Apple’s iTouch devices and Sony’s PSP. Pricing wasn’t announced.  The device is expected to available for sale in 2011.

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