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OQO, Inc.
Company typePrivate
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California
Key people
Andrew Popell, Founder
Jory Bell, Founder
Jonathan Betts-LaCroix, Founder
Nick Merz, Founder
Robert Ford, Founder
Michael Prichard, Founder
Bob Rosin, SVP
ProductsSubnotebook computers
Websitehttp://www.oqo.com/ (archive)

OQO was a U.S. computer hardware company that was notable for manufacture of handheld computers. Its systems possessed the functionality of a tablet PC in a size slightly larger than a personal digital assistant (PDA). According to Guinness World Records, the "OQO" was the smallest full-powered, full-featured personal computer in 2005.[1] The company's first version of subnotebook computer was the OQO model 01. It had been compared with the Ultra Mobile PC platform, although it was introduced before the UMPC took flight. The company was founded in 2000.[2]

OQO was reported to have stopped production in April 2009.[3][4][5] The company confirmed that it had ceased operations in May 2009 because of financial difficulties.[6]

OQO Model 01[edit]

OQO Model 01

The original OQO model 01 was announced several years before prototypes were even seen, leading many people to call it vaporware until it was finally released in Q3 of 2004. The computer shipped with Windows XP installed (Home Edition or Professional, but the Tablet PC Edition was not available until the model 01+ was released) and featured a 1 GHz Transmeta Crusoe processor, 20 GB hard drive, and 256 MB of RAM. It included USB 1.1, FireWire 400, a headphone port, and a built-in microphone, integrated 802.11b wireless radio, as well as Bluetooth. The OQO used a Wacom electromagnetic induction-type pen stylus with a magnetic field sensitive 800x480 resolution transflective screejn. Retail shipments began on October 14, 2004. Its size was 4.9 in × 3.4 in × 0.9 in (12.4 cm × 8.6 cm × 2.3 cm) and it weighed poqmpq Qspzxosblblet-pcs/oqo-model-01-ultra/4507-3126_7-31124684.html?tag=sub OQO Model 01 Ultra Personal (XP Pro) Specs. Tablet PCs Specifications]</ref>

OQO Model 01+[edit]

The OQO model 01+ was announced and released on September 27, 2005. Representing an incremental update to the model 01, the model 01+ featured a larger 30 GB hard drive, 512 MB of RAM, USB 2.0, and an internal speaker. It also added support for portrait display mode. It also had a redesigned screen bezel intended to improve the accuracy of its Wacom-enabled display by increasing the space between the bezel and edge of the display.

Originally it was only available running Windows XP Home or Pro editions. A version with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 was introduced on January 4, 2006, taking advantage of handwriting recognition and improved navigation.

OQO Model 02[edit]

The OQO model 02 was introduced by Bill Gates in January 2007 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It weighed 1 pound (450 g) and was small enough to fit in a pocket; at the time it was the world's smallest fully-functional Windows Vista PC.

Like its predecessor, the model 02 was a handheld device that ran Windows (XP Professional or Vista Business.) It featured a new black casing and a backlit keyboard, a brighter 5 inch LCD screen, and 800x480 pixel display with an active digitizer for pen-based input.

Several models were introduced at the time with VIA C7-M ULV processors (1.2 GHz, 1.5 GHz, or 1.6 GHz) and choice of 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM. 32 or 64 GB solid-state drives (SSDs) or standard hard drives from 60 to 120 GB were available. Also included were Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, USB 2.0, a 3.5 mm x 1 line-out/line-in audio jack and an HDMI-out port. The model 02 also offered optional integrated EV-DO mobile broadband with choice of Verizon or Sprint as service provider.

Advanced security features were also provided, including an on-board Trusted Platform Module, and thanks to the VIA C7-M's built-in Padlock features, hardware-level encryption, hashing and random number generation functions.

The model 02 also had the ability to zoom to 1000x600 and 1200x720 interpolated modes, horizontal/vertical screen rotation, and a sensor that automatically protected the hard drive in case of a drop. Accessories included a docking station (with a DVD+-RW drive, HDMI and VGA video out, three USB 2.0 ports, and a 3.5 mm audio jack), an extended battery lasting up to six hours, and choice of a soft leatherette "executive" case or durable aluminum "stronghold" case.

The model 02 won the following awards[citation needed]:

  • Stevie Award for Best New Product
  • Japan’s 2007 Good Design Award
  • LAPTOP Magazine, Ultimate Mobility Issue: LAPTOP Ultimate Choice 2007
  • Business 2.0 Magazine: 4 Stars (Editor’s Choice) and "Our Picks for ... Ultramobile PCs."
  • Microsoft: “2007 Windows Vista PC Innovation Award”
  • Gizmodo: “The Best of ‘Best of CES 2007’ Lists” (Best Computer)
  • Popular Science: Best of CES 2007
  • Wired Magazine: CES Winners and Losers
  • LAPTOP Magazine: 2007 Best of CES Awards
  • LAPTOP Magazine Rating: 4 Stars
  • PC Magazine Editor’s Rating: 4 Stars

OQO Model e2[edit]

OQO Model e2

OQO in September 2007 announced the availability of the model e2 with embedded HSDPA mobile broadband capability, providing customers in Europe and Asia with widely available high-speed Internet connectivity.

The OQO model e2 with embedded HSDPA was designed specifically to meet international demand for anytime/anywhere computing with Internet access and networked PC applications in a pocketable and ergonomic design. It supported "open SIM" HSDPA (3.5G) as well as UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS.

It supported data access through UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz, and was downward compatible with GPRS/EDGE networks at 900 MHz and 1800 MHz. Download speeds of up to 3.6 Mbit/s were supported.

The product was available SIM-free and network unlocked, allowing customers flexibility in selecting their preferred wireless operator and data plan. Users had a choice of tri-band wide-area wireless, WiFi 802.11a/b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.

The model 02 and model e2 came with a VIA C7-M ULV processor (1.6 GHz, 1.5 GHz, or 1.2 GHz), up to 1 GB of RAM, up to a 120 GB hard drive, with the option of a 32 GB or 64 GB solid-state drive, Bluetooth 2.0 (with enhanced data rate), tri-mode WiFi (802.11a/b/g) and optional 3G mobile broadband (EV-DO in the US, UMTS/HSDPA internationally).

OQO Model 2+[edit]

The Atom-based "model 2+" was unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco labeled as "OQO MID" as a "technology demonstration."[7] The model 2+ was formally announced at CES 2009, and was available with a 1.33 GHz or 1.86 GHz Intel Atom processor, 2 GB RAM, Qualcomm Gobi global wireless internet, touch screen, and was the first PC to feature an active matrix OLED display.[8]

The projected shipping date was around May 22, 2009, but the product never shipped. OQO ceased production because of financial difficulties.[9]


The company confirmed that it had ceased operations in May 2009 because of financial difficulties.[6] In April 2009, OQO started returning unrepaired in-warranty devices. In addition, the company stated that it would no longer offer any repair or service support, although third party warranties remained in effect.

OQO model specifications[edit]

Component Model 01 Model 01+ Model 02 Model e2 Model 2+ (Pre-production)
CPU Transmeta Crusoe TM5800 1 GHz Transmeta Crusoe TM5800 1 GHz VIA C7-M ULV 1.6 GHz VIA C7-M ULV 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z540 1.87 GHz Hyper-Threading
Hard Drive 20GB HDD 30GB HDD 120GB HDD or 64 GB SSD 120GB HDD or 64 GB SSD 120GB HDD or 64 GB SSD
Display 5" Transflective 800x480 LCD 5" Transflective 800x480 LCD 5" 800x480 LCD 5" 800x480 LCD 5" active matrix 800x480 OLED
USB 1.1 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11b 802.11b 802.11a/b/g 802.11a/b/g 802.11a/b/g
WWAN n/a n/a EVDO from Sprint or Verizon HSDPA
Bluetooth 1.1 1.1 2.0 2.0 2.0
Wacom Yes Yes (Improved accuracy) Yes Yes Yes
GPU Silicon Motion Lynx3DM+ Silicon Motion Lynx3DM+ VIA/S3 UniChrome Pro II VIA/S3 UniChrome Pro II Intel GMA500
Removable Battery 4,000 mAh or 8,000 mAh 4,000 mAh or 8,000 mAh 4,500 mAh or 9,000 mAh 4,500 mAh or 9,000 mAh 4,500 mAh or 9,000 mAh
Battery Type lithium polymer Lithium Polymer lithium ion polymer lithium ion polymer lithium ion polymer
Docking Cable USB 1.1 USB 2.0 replaced by dongle or dock replaced by dongle or dock replaced by dongle or dock
Dock Zinc stand Zinc stand Gloss Black w/ optical drive Gloss Black w/ optical drive Gloss Black w/ optical drive
Ethernet 10BaseT 100BaseT 100BaseT 100BaseT 100BaseT
Dongle RJ45 & VGA RJ45 & VGA unknown
Keyboard 57 key 57 key 58 key 58 key 58 key
Weight 397g 397g 413g* 413g* 413g*

* Depends on configuration. OQO computers with standard battery, solid state drive, and no WWAN weigh approximately 413g (14.5 oz).


  1. ^ Guinness Book of World Records 2006, ISBN 978-0-553-58906-1
  2. ^ "About OQO". OQO. Archived from the original on January 26, 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  3. ^ Handheld PC Maker OQO Not Long for This World, 2009-04-13, retrieved 2009-05-19
  4. ^ OQO Update: No Further Production, No Support Available, 2009-04-24, retrieved 2009-05-19
  5. ^ Model 2+ production seen as "unlikely," says OQO exec, 2009-04-24, retrieved 2009-05-19
  6. ^ a b Davies, Chris (2009-05-22). "OQO confirm closure, end of repair service; Tech sale being explored". SlashGear. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  7. ^ "ENGADGET OQO prototype shown with Intel's Atom inside". Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  8. ^ "Business Technology News and Commentary". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  9. ^ Lanier, Xavier. "OQO is Done, But Tech/Team May Live On". www.gottabemobile.com. Retrieved 2021-01-12.

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