Samsung enhances Q1 Ultra UMPC performance
Premium model gets longer battery life too
CES Samsung has upgraded its Q1 Ultra UMPC, adding 'Premium' to the machine's moniker and boosting the handheld's processing power and its battery capacity.
The Q1 Ultra Premium sports the same 7in, 1024 x 600 display as the Q1 Ultra, but behind it beats a 1.33GHz Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Intel Core Solo U1500 CPU. The new model contains 1GB of DDR 2 memory and an 80GB hard drive.
Samsung's Q Ultra Premium: faster CPU than before
Once again, the UMPC incorporates 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with Extended Data Rate (EDR) technology. There's a 0.3-megapixel webcam above the display and the two halves of the Q1 Ultra's split Qwerty micro-keyboard on either side of it. The keypad's been improved, with larger keycaps.
Round the back sits a 1.3-megapixel digicam, and there are USB, VGA and Ethernet ports along with an SD/MMC memory card reader. It's apparently got a GPS pick-up too.
The Premium gets a 57.7Wh, six-cell battery capable, Samsung claimed, of powering the UMPC for up to 7.5 hours, rather more than before.
Windows XP Tablet Edition is still part of the package.
Samsung didn't say how much it the Premium will cost, but it did say the price of the Q1 Ultra will be reduced “to make room” for the new machine. The top-of-the-line Q1 Ultra variant costs $1499 in the US, so we expect the Premium to come at that point. It will be available shortly, Samsung indicated.
if only the eeepc had a 7.5 hour battery life.
Only 200 beer tokens (GBP).
Slightly lower spec, but proper ( albeit ) small keyboard.
Couldn't justify buying the Samsung when ASUS nailed the market with a product and price point the industry has been looking for with the eeePC.
The Samsung UMPC is a product looking for an application. With the ASUS eeePC I'm still working out what I can't do with it.
( Biased : bought one for my birthday instead of going out for dinner , but still had enough beer tokens to celebrate )
Still not as useful as the FlipStart's layout.
So Samsung have finally caught up with Sony's UX1N1 - That's had the 1.3 for almost a year now.
Any reason why you've pictured the Q1T instead of the previous Q1 Ultra?
For my money, I'd still go for the Asus R2h - You get way more in the box. But as I was spending work's money, I got the Sony, as it's a lot smaller, and actually makes sense as a UMPC (It's mobile, and has a keyboard).
Any of the three are still nice toys (I bought all three for my IT Support department). However, all three are way too underpowered for Vista - Even when all the nice GUI features are turned off, the mighyy Sony still struggles, and takes way to long to boot. And with all the nice graphics turned off, you're missing the point of Vista.
Just my oppinion.
XP Tablet Edition
The article says it has XP Tablet Edition, but the screen shot shows Vista.