Microsoft Origami, a mini laptop, unveiled

Tablet PC mates a full sized hard drive with a handheld organizer, MP3 player, GPS navigation, game player, camera and TV on a 7-inch screen.


SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp. unveiled its "Origami" project Thursday, a paperback-book sized portable computer, which is a hybrid between a laptop PC and a host of mobile devices that the world"s biggest software maker hopes will create an entirely new market.

Lighter than two pounds with a seven-inch touch-screen, the new "ultra-mobile" PCs (UMPCs) use microprocessors from Intel Corp. (Research) and run a modified version of Microsoft"s Windows XP Tablet PC edition

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Taiwan"s Asustek Computer Inc. and China"s second largest PC-maker, the Founder Group, are expected to release the first three ultra-mobile PCs, which Microsoft (Research) had code-named "Origami" in an elaborate marketing campaign.

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