Feeds

Samsung unveils usable UMPC

Q1 Ultra adds keyboard, decent screen

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

CeBIT Samsung has introduced its second-generation ultra-mobile PC - in one go addressing many of the key criticism of its first UMPC, the Q1. Crucially, the new model, the Q1 Ultra, delivers a higher resolution display and incorporates a thumb-operated QWERTY keyboard.

The handheld runs Windows Vista Home Premium, given room to breathe thanks to a native 1024 x 600 7in display - the original had an 800 x 480 screen. The QWERTY microkeyboard is split into two banks of keys on either side of the screen. Just as useful: the original Q1's joystick can now be used to steer the cursor around the screen, mouse-style.

There's an as-yet-unspecified ultra-low voltage Intel processor on board backed by 1GB of memory and 60GB of hard drive storage.

Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC

Connectivity comes courtesy of on-board 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 10/100Mbps Ethernet and Bluetooth 2.0, as before. However, Samsung indicated the Q1 Ultra would also get a 3G HSDPA link for out-and-about broadband.

That said, runtime remains an issue, with the bundled battery delivering no more than 3.5 hours' usage, Samsung admitted. A higher capacity battery will be offered that takes the duration to six hours at the cost of increased weight.

Out of the box, the Q1 Ultra weighs in at 690g and measures 22.8 x 12.4 x 2.3cm. Other features include a 1.3-megapixel main camera and a front-mounted 0.3-megapixel camera for video calls. There's a fingerprint scanner too and 1.5W stereo speakers.

The Q1 Ultra will go on sale in May, Samsung said, but it has yet to decide what the price will be.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes
Buzzing board (and some future apps) leave a lot to be desired
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.