Origami details straightened out

Microsoft has unveiled a new breed of mobile computer with its Ultra Mobile PC touch screen mini-tablet, the official name for the handheld gadget previously - and mysteriously - known as the Origami Project.

As we reported recently, the Origami Project won't be an Xbox-related challenger to PSP, despite rumblings to that effect across the internet. Instead, the Ultra Mobile PCs will be competition for mini laptops.

The paperback-sized gizmos will use Intel processors, feature 30-60GB hard drives and include additional functions like GPS, a webcam, a fingerprint reader and a digital TV tuner.

The UMPCs are due to launch later this year, with prices ranging from $599-$999 (roughly £345-£575) depending on the model you choose.