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Samsung's Q1 Ultra is priced from $799 USD
Samsung Q1 Ultra will be available in 600MHz and 800MHz varieties

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.

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By hellokeith on 5/7/2007 1:42:44 PM , Rating: 1
What OS?

Does it have vga/dvi/s-video out?

RE: details
By AmbroseAthan on 5/7/2007 1:56:47 PM , Rating: 4

Other features include ... VGA out ....

The Q1 Ultra will start at just $799 for entry-level Q1U-EL with a 600MHz processor, 40GB HDD and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition . $1149 will bump you up to the Q1U-XP with an 800MHz processor, 60GB HDD, and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition . The $1199 Q1U-V is spec'd exactly the same as the Q1U-XP but includes Windows Vista Home Premium . The $1,499 Q1U-CMW adds an 80GB HDD and HSDPA while the $1,999 Q1U-SSD adds a 32GB SSD.

RE: details
By swtethan on 5/7/07, Rating: -1
RE: details
By Samus on 5/7/07, Rating: -1
RE: details
By hellokeith on 5/7/2007 3:12:42 PM , Rating: 4
Obviously you posers failed to read the article as early as I did. The information was not there. Now it is, because of my question.

So who got "pwned"? Dailytech, but you guys are close 2nd.

RE: details
By Esteem on 5/7/2007 2:01:55 PM , Rating: 1
read the 2nd to last paragraph... Tablet XP or Vista Home Premium. and looking at the korean user manual on samsung's site, it looks like it has VGA output (as well as RJ45 and USB)

DT should call these Q1U's not just Q1's, as Q1P's are already on the market.

RE: details
By DigitalFreak on 5/7/07, Rating: -1
RE: details
By Darith on 5/7/2007 3:12:41 PM , Rating: 2
It better support adobe flash!

RE: details
By JCheng on 5/7/2007 4:58:25 PM , Rating: 2
It does--it runs full-blown Windows.

RE: details
By Ajax9000 on 5/7/2007 7:39:10 PM , Rating: 2
VGA ... unfortunately.

HDMI is quite doable (see my earlier comment).

RE: details
By UNCjigga on 5/8/2007 6:18:28 PM , Rating: 2
Does the entry-level $799 model include the SD reader? The way the article is written, it sounds like you have to step-up to the next model to get SD support. That would be retarded.

RE: details
By Brandon Hill on 5/8/2007 7:52:50 PM , Rating: 2
Not included on $799 model:

dual cameras
SD card
fingerprint reader

RE: details
By Chris Peredun on 5/9/2007 5:58:22 PM , Rating: 2
The hell? I swear that a day ago, the spec listings at GottaBeMobile had the $799 model sporting the cameras, SD card, and XP Tablet. Now it lacks both and has Vista?

RE: details
By Brandon Hill on 5/10/2007 4:35:06 PM , Rating: 2
Gottabemobile had their specs wrong and later in the day updated them to reflect the official spec. The official specs are listed on Samsung's website (Gottabemobile was initially going off information it received from Samsung employees).

The only model to get XP Tablet will be the $1149 model which has the dual cameras, SD slot, 60GB hard drive and 800MHz processor.

RE: details
By UNCjigga on 5/10/2007 3:23:10 PM , Rating: 2
Like I said, retarded. Why the hell would I buy a $799 device without any support for external media? The SD card reader costs less than $3 for chrissakes? I guess I have to use wifi or USB to transfer files, rather than just taking an SD from my camera and plugging it in to view photos?

RE: details
By Brandon Hill on 5/10/2007 4:40:36 PM , Rating: 2
My D-SLR takes CF anyway, so the SD slot would have been useless.

Why bother?
By cheetah2k on 5/7/2007 9:42:16 PM , Rating: 2
In my mind, HTC Advantage would do the same job, if not better, and it has all the features plus+ being able to have 3G/2G mobile phone connectivity with a bluetooth headset! The HTC Advantage also has a keyboard!

I mean, how the F$%K can you use Vista on a 600 Mhz PC???

RE: Why bother?
By pixelslave on 5/8/2007 1:29:27 AM , Rating: 2
I mean, how the F$%K can you use Vista on a 600 Mhz PC???

The chance you will see Aero on this UMPC is next to nothing. Without the Aero UI, Vista is not any slower than XP. In fact, I've heard some people saying that Vista actually runs faster than XP w/o the new Aero UI.

The 40Gb HD worries me, though. After a full install and a couple auto-updates, you probably won't have much space left. Also, 4200rpm is slow. Hopefully, plugging a USB 2 flash drive into the UMPC can help speed things up.

RE: Why bother?
By SiliconAddict on 5/8/2007 2:02:13 AM , Rating: 2
Bull. I've got a T41 Thinkpad. 1.4Ghz M\1.25GB RAM\40GB 5400. I received a free copy of Vista Business from that online promo where you just needed to watch 3 demos on vista tech.
Loaded up Vista from scratch on it. Didn't activate it. After about 2 weeks I removed it. The hard drive was being decimated by Vista. The overall speed was moderate to sluggish. This is on a GPU that can't do Aero to begin with @ 1024 x 768. The system was being killed by Vista. The only hope for Vista on such a system as the Q1 will have is if Samsung has tweaked the living shit out of the OS to get it to its bare minimum. I mean for the love of god MS's own minimum system requirements for Vista is 1Ghz.

Again. There better be some drastic differences between the version of Vista that goes on traditional desktops\laptops and the Q1

RE: Why bother?
By cheetah2k on 5/8/2007 3:17:15 AM , Rating: 2
Thats why either a cut down os (say even WM6, Ubuntu Linux or something other than Vista!) would be a better idea for UMPC's as the OS isnt as much a memory hog, and it basically does the same things.

I'd take the HTC Advantage to be honest. At least i can make calls from it!

RE: Why bother?
By darkpaw on 5/8/2007 9:05:35 AM , Rating: 2
Problem with WM6 is you can't run standard windows programs on it and the same goes with Ubuntu. The whole point of the UMPC is for a small form factor thats actually compatible with full windows programs.

XP Tablet is perfectly suted for these machines (it runs just fine on a 500MHz machine with 256mb+ RAM). Funny thing is only reason I'd actually want one is for playing classic PC games on.

Putting Vista on is asking for nightmares, but the XP one sounds nice.

RE: Why bother?
By Esteem on 5/8/2007 3:59:08 PM , Rating: 2
I'd take the HTC Advantage to be honest. At least i can make calls from it!
which has windows mobile, and an 8 GB HDD. sounds like just a big smart phone. i dont think thats what people are looking for

RE: Why bother?
By cheetah2k on 5/9/2007 11:49:25 PM , Rating: 2
It might not be what youre looking for, but it certainly makes sense for an all in one mobile PC/phone/internet solution, with GPS, wifi, bt and even a keyboard!

RE: Why bother?
By Chris Peredun on 5/10/2007 11:43:07 AM , Rating: 2
It might not be what youre looking for

If it's not what I'm looking for, and doesn't satisfy my needs - why buy it?

By swtethan on 5/7/2007 2:07:38 PM , Rating: 2
Will there be a USB on the actual device because I wont like the idea of buying a dock just for a USB port.

By Murst on 5/7/2007 2:11:19 PM , Rating: 2
This is exactly the same question I have about this. This would be neat, but at home I'd want to hook up a mouse/keyboard.

By Chris Peredun on 5/7/2007 2:11:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, there are two USB 2.0 ports on the unit itself.

By swtethan on 5/7/2007 2:28:50 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you :)

By KernD on 5/7/2007 10:58:05 PM , Rating: 2
It's hidden with the RJ45 port(Ethernet) on the right side, just look a that picture.

By KernD on 5/7/2007 11:00:14 PM , Rating: 2
I've just seen that there is also one on the top. A visible one.

By swtethan on 5/7/2007 2:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
Meaning: I dont want to buy a docking station just to install software/backing up files via USB dvd drive or HDD

By Messudieh on 5/7/2007 2:02:31 PM , Rating: 3
plus a 300 pixel webcam

Is everyone going to show up as an AOL smiley then?

I know, I'm sure it was supposed to be 300K pixel webcam.

RE: camera?
By osalcido on 5/7/2007 11:11:34 PM , Rating: 2
300K pixel cam would still suck hard...pointless even. If I want to take pictures i'll bring a camera... if I dont have my camera ill use my phone. cut out the cam and bring down the cost!

RE: camera?
By bunnyfubbles on 5/8/2007 7:42:09 AM , Rating: 2
Webcam is not the same thing as digital camera. For a webcam that is not bad at all.

RE: camera?
By darkpaw on 5/8/2007 9:06:52 AM , Rating: 2
300k pixel cam is 640*480 which is perfectly suted for mobile web cam use.

Great news - All models come with 1GB of RAM
By Chris Peredun on 5/7/2007 2:09:37 PM , Rating: 2
Even the "low-end" $799 model is shockingly well equipped if you have no need for WWAN and don't mind the 600MHz processor. As a side bonus (if you're buying, that is!) Samsung has just decimated the resale price of first-generation UMPCs.

RE: Great news - All models come with 1GB of RAM
By Samus on 5/7/2007 2:21:24 PM , Rating: 2
probably has a spinpoint. if anyone here's a tech, you know those 2.5" samsung's are terrible. hopefully this thing is equiped with a 1.8" hitachi drive.

By Chris Peredun on 5/7/2007 3:22:43 PM , Rating: 2
All models (save the pricey solid-state one) use a 1.8" 4200rpm drive.

RE: Great news - All models come with 1GB of RAM
By FITCamaro on 5/7/2007 5:23:30 PM , Rating: 1
I'd rather shave my nuts with a chainsaw than use something with a 4200 rpm hard drive. I've dealt with them before.

By dice1111 on 5/7/2007 5:41:25 PM , Rating: 2
I'd rather shave my nuts with a chainsaw than use something with a 4200 rpm hard drive.
Like watching a car crash. You don't want too look, but you can't turn your head away. I mean a 4200rpm drive... your sick!

Perfect price point
By Brandon Hill on 5/7/2007 3:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
At this price, I find the entry-level model hard to resist.

I currently have an Asus A8Jp notebook (C2D 2.0GHz, 120GB, 2GB) that I use as my sole PC.

I'm thinking of getting a Q1U-EL coupled with one of those Dell C521 Desktops for $399 (Athlon 64 X2 3600+ with 19" LCD). I'd have desktop power and excellent mobility... much moreso than my Asus notebook.

RE: Perfect price point
By GaryJohnson on 5/7/2007 3:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
...desktop power...

Confusion. It appears to me that your A8Jp is more powerful than the C521/E521.

RE: Perfect price point
By Brandon Hill on 5/7/2007 3:52:45 PM , Rating: 2
I don't mean it in absolutes. By "desktop power," I simply mean something that's competent in all areas and at least faster than the Q1U-EL.

I don't use my A8Jp for anything CPU-intensive. I mainly use Word, Excel, Photoshop, NVU and Firefox... that's about it.

By TimberJon on 5/7/2007 3:46:12 PM , Rating: 2
Now they need to make it about twice as thick, maybe a little less than that, and engineer in a slideout QWERTY kb. Then it would be a little more interesting. Would be nice if they could integrate one of these with Cingular or Verizon service and only slap in bluetooth and a jack so you could manage calls and still be mobile.

RE: Keyboard
By Murst on 5/7/2007 3:53:33 PM , Rating: 2
It already comes w/ bluetooth and a cell modem...

It wouldn't make much sense to include the modem if you couldn't hook it up to the most popular providers in the US.

RE: Keyboard
By Ajax9000 on 5/7/2007 7:36:51 PM , Rating: 2
If you want all that it sounds like the OQO Model 02 is what you're after -- it even has HDMI out rather than just VGA.

To me, integrated keyboards on a pocket device are a kludge that are best avoided.

WOW ONLY 700 Bucks?
By osalcido on 5/7/2007 2:29:43 PM , Rating: 1
Oh wait.... actually its just a dollar less than $800...

You sneaky marketers =((

RE: WOW ONLY 700 Bucks?
By kibets on 5/7/2007 2:32:12 PM , Rating: 2
Well I want one - wonder why the huge difference between the two low end models... goes from 799 to 1199 for Vista and better processor!

What happened to $999 Samsung?

Still very very nice - hope you sell a million of em!

RE: WOW ONLY 700 Bucks?
By FITCamaro on 5/7/2007 5:25:11 PM , Rating: 1
I don't know how well an 800MHz processor is gonna handle Vista....

By swtethan on 5/7/2007 7:43:39 PM , Rating: 2
Thats pretty cool, I dont know if the other UMPC's have the same lighting, but for $800 thats a good deal.

UK Pricing?
By MMilitia on 5/7/2007 8:11:54 PM , Rating: 2
So is there any talk of the UK pricing for these?

I'm sure they won't be ~£400 as you would expect :<

I see tremendous potential here
By Dactyl on 5/8/2007 4:46:39 AM , Rating: 2
The split keyboard looks like it would be good for gaming, especially console emulation.

If they add a good accelerometer in their SSD model, the unit itself could be used as a mouse. So you'd be able to play an FPS using WASD with your left thumb, moving the screen to turn and look around, and firing/switching weapons/etc. with your right thumb. They should probably add a strap if they're going to do that!

By GlassHouse69 on 5/7/2007 4:47:47 PM , Rating: 1
The entry level one is the best one!

i could see if the others had a gfx upgrade, but they dont. 40 gb is a little slim for some things but thats about it. i couldnt see a what a 800 could run that a 600 couldnt. impressive thing for cheap.

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