Samsung introduced its Q1
Ultra family of UMPCs in May 2007. The UMPCs are available with
Intel A100 and A110 processors, 40GB/60GB/80GB HDDs and Windows XP
Tablet PC Edition or Windows Vista Home Edition.
Samsung today announced that it's
adding a new model to the family: the Q1 Ultra Premium. In addition
to the odd naming scheme, the Q1 Ultra premium adds an ULV Intel Core
Solo U1500 processor running at 1.33GHz to the mix -- this is quite
an upgrade from the previous A110 which maxed out at 800MHz.
Thanks to the power-efficient processor
and 6-cell, 57.7 watt-hour lithium-ion battery; the Q1 Ultra Premium
boasts a standard battery life of 7.5 hours. This is a three hour
improvement over previous Q1 Ultra models.
The Q1 Ultra Premium also includes what
Samsung calls the "Split-QWERTY Keypad Version 1.5" -- the
new keypad features larger keycaps for easier data entry. The small
keypad on the Q1 Ultra was one of the most often criticized features
of the device.
"Since pioneering the UMPC form
factor with the introduction of the original Q1, Samsung has been
unwavering in its commitment to the long-term growth and development
of this fast-growing mobile computing product segment," said
Bret Berg, Samsung's senior product marketing manager for mobile
computing products. "With the Q1 Ultra Premium, Samsung has
leveraged Intel’s Ultra Low Voltage Pentium CPU to deliver an even
higher-performing solution for those needing to support the latest
and most advanced applications.”
The Q1 Ultra Premium otherwise remains
unchanged from its stablemates -- this means that a 7" 1024x600
display, 1GB of memory, 80GB HDD, dual-array microphones, dual
webcams, 802.11g wireless, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and an SD/MMC slot
Samsung plans to launch the Q1 Ultra
Premium with Windows XP Tablet Edition (Q1UP-XP) at a price tag of
$1,399. Samsung will also lower the price of existing Q1 Ultra models
to make room for the new offering.