DailyTech has been
bringing you news on the Q1 Ultra ever since we first received leaked images
of the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC).
Today, Samsung officially announced the Q1 Ultra and its pricing (for the entry-level model) puts it closer
to Microsoft's original
target for the platform.
"Since the introduction of the Q1, Samsung has been
steadfastly committed to the long-term growth and development of this
fast-growing product segment," said Samsung VP of Sales and Marketing
Christopher Franey. "In creating the Q1 Ultra UMPC, Samsung has relied on
consumer insights coupled with key technological advances to deliver a higher-performance
solution packaged in an even more portable form factor that will appeal to a
broader range of personal and professional users."
The Q1 Ultra will be available with two processors: The 600MHz Intel A100 and the
800MHz Intel A110. The device has a minimum battery life of 4.5 hours with
its standard lithium-ion battery pack and includes 802.11a/b/g and Bluetooth
2.0+EDR wireless connectivity.
Other features include a 1024x600 LED-backlit display (300
nits brightness), dual-array microphone, VGA out and split-QWERTY keyboard.
The Q1 Ultra is also available with an optional 3.5G HSDPA
cellular modem, docking station (includes three USB 2.0 ports,
standard/extended battery charging slot, audio-out microphone-in and stylus
holder), GPS navigation, 6-cell extended battery, 8-cell extended battery and
an external dual-layer DVD burner.
The Q1 Ultra will start at just $799 for the Q1U-EL (late May, entry-level configuration) with a 600MHz processor, 1GB of memory, 40GB HDD and Vista Home Premium. $1,149 will bump you up to the Q1U-XP (early June, commercial configuration) with an 800MHz processor, 60GB HDD, SD/MMC slot, dual cameras and XP Tablet PC Edition. The $1,199 Q1U-V (mid May, primary consumer configuration) includes an 800MHz processor, 60GB HDD, dual cameras and Windows Vista Home Premium.. The $1,499 Q1U-CMW (August, enhanced consumer & commercial configuration) adds an 80GB HDD, fingerprint reader and HSDPA while the $1,999 Q1U-SSD adds a 32GB SSD.
The Q1 Ultra will be available
from a wide range of B&M and online retailers including Best Buy, Circuit
City, Amazon and NewEgg.
For those interested, the user manual for the Q1 Ultra is now available for download in PDF form from Samsung's website. You can also view more pictures of the Q1 Ultra along with images of the optional accessories here.