OCosmos 1 Quick hands on with OCosmos OCS1 and a look at future devices

OCosmos is not one of the most well-known manufacturers of hand held devices, but the company is trying its luck with what is a rather unique offering with its OCS 1 which is a 5-inch Windows 7 tablet PC, although we'd say it reminds us more of an MID than a tablet, but with the current tablet fad, why use a defunct term to describe your device? The OCS 1 isn't set to launch for a couple of months as yet, but that didn't stop the company from previewing a couple of mockups of future devices at its booth as well.

OCosmos is not one of the most well-known manufacturers of hand held devices, but the company is trying its luck with what is a rather unique offering with its OCS 1 which is a 5-inch Windows 7 tablet PC, although we'd say it reminds us more of an MID than a tablet, but with the current tablet fad, why use a defunct term to describe your device? The OCS 1 isn't set to launch for a couple of months as yet, but that didn't stop the company from previewing a couple of mockups of future devices at its booth as well.

Windows 7 gives away the fact that we're looking at an x86 powered device here and OCosmos has gone for a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail based CPU and it's paired with one to two GB of DDR2 and a 32 or 64GB SSD drive. The 5-inch screen features capacitive multi-touch and has a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. Other features include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, a micro SD card slot, supposedly HDMI output (judging by the labels on the prototypes), USB 2.0 connectivity and optional 3G/UMTS. The OCS 1 sports a rear 3.1Megapixel camera as well as a front facing 1.3Megapixel camera and it does of course have integrated speakers and a microphone and headphone jack.

OCosmos 1 Quick hands on with OCosmos OCS1 and a look at future devices

However, what sets the OCS 1 apart from the competition is OCosmos unique OMOS key interface which are the eight-way cursor buttons located on each side of the screen. These can be set up to work as either a mouse replacement or even a keyboard replacement by mapping keys to each of the directional movements of the cursor keys. We're not sure how well this will actually work in praxis, but it's an interesting approach at solving the keyboard problem. OCosmos is still waiting for the final graphics drives to become available but the company claims that you'll be able to play a wide selection of games on the OCS 1. On top of that, OCosmos has developed its own UI on top of Windows 7 which makes the OCS 1 easier to use which quick access to most programs through an icon driven launcher.

OCosmos 2 Quick hands on with OCosmos OCS1 and a look at future devices

Also on display was the OCS 9 tablet which features the same hardware as the OCS 1, but has a larger 9-inch screen with 1024×768 resolution. OCosmos is working on a couple of accessories for the OCS 9, of which one is a carry case with a built in battery pack and the other being a small wireless touch screen keyboard that also doubles up as a track pad and game controller.

OCosmos 3 Quick hands on with OCosmos OCS1 and a look at future devices

Also on display was a mockup of the next generation OCS 1 which features a detachable tablet part leaving the cursor controls attached to a rear plate allowing for a somewhat more pocket friendly device when on the road. As much as we like the concept behind OCosmos' products, we can't say we're sold on the overall platform, but OCosmos recon that people want a truly portable Windows device. They wouldn't go into details about the battery life, but the standard battery pack is a 4,000mAh unit which isn't terrible as long as the CPU is frugal enough. The final question is how much the OCS 1 will cost when it arrives in a couple of months' time, but we have a feeling it won't be entirely cheap.