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Samsung gives a sneak peek at its second generation UMPC

Samsung is set to pull the wraps off its new Q1 Ultra UMPC this Thursday at CeBIT 2007. Thursday will the one-year anniversary of the launch of the UMPC platform, so Samsung's Q1 Ultra should serve as a fine starting point for second generation UMPC devices.

According to Engadget, the Q1 Ultra will feature a 7" touch screen (1024x600), 1GB of memory and a 60GB hard drive (expect a Flash-SSD variant in the future as witnessed by the Q1 SSD). The Q1 Ultra also features a split QWERTY thumb pad, 0.3MP webcam on the front of the device, 1.3MP digital camera on the back, fingerprint sensor, 802.11b/g, HSDPA/WiBRO, 10/100 NIC, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and Windows Vista Home Premium.

Microsoft first promised that second generation “Vistagami” UMPCs would be on the way in late May 2006. Hopefully, the Vistagami UMPCs will also come at price points much more palatable for the buying public than the first generation devices. Microsoft originally planned for the first generation UMPCs to retail for $599 to $999.

Samsung’s current Q1 retails roughly $980 with a 900MHz Celeron-M processor and 512MB of RAM or $1,200 with a 1.0GHz Pentium-M processor and 1GB of RAM. Asus’ R2H can be found for around $900 online.

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By toelovell on 3/13/07, Rating: 0
By Lonyo on 3/13/2007 11:58:15 AM , Rating: 3
CAD for me brings up the task manager in Windows XP, and it can be very useful for various things.

By Chris Peredun on 3/13/2007 12:00:03 PM , Rating: 4
Does the phrase "Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to login" hold any meaning for you?

By semo on 3/13/2007 12:14:25 PM , Rating: 2
1.0GB Pentium-M processor
should be ghz.

as others have pointed out cad has its uses and that key combination requires 2 hands on standard keyboard (some can do it with just 1). i have no idea how you can do this without the dedicated button since i've never used a q1.

By Domicinator on 3/13/2007 1:00:31 PM , Rating: 4
I've been putting Vista through the ringer for a month now, and it hasn't crashed on me yet. Not even once.

By TomZ on 3/13/2007 2:18:55 PM , Rating: 1
Same here (several months), which is why I find it funny when people talk of waiting until SP1 before they upgrade to Vista. That's just silly. Vista "1.0" is at least as reliable as XP.

By Anosh on 3/13/2007 2:54:15 PM , Rating: 1
and of course that leads me to ask what you're using your computer for?

I've worked with video and picture editing etc and programming on my VISTA installation. For some reason during heavy load and many programs running the computer has crashed 3 or so times in the last 2-3 months.

By Samus on 3/13/2007 11:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
We get the joke you were trying to make, but its just not funny, because you need CAD to login on any domain network, and considering the market these are targeted at (and the fact the Q1 often includes Windows XP Pro, not Home) they will be using CAD quite a bit.

CAD is the standard key set for any PC to reboot, irrelevant of the OS. I use CAD to hard-shut linux quite often.

Very nice... Very nice...
By kibets on 3/13/2007 11:31:04 AM , Rating: 2
I will buy one of these... just sold my Q1 standard on eBay a few weeks ago. Been waiting to see what the second generation has and this looks really nice...

RE: Very nice... Very nice...
By Moishe on 3/13/2007 12:46:17 PM , Rating: 2
I've never seen one in person or known anyone with one of these.
What does one of these have over a regular laptop (besides size and "cool" factor)?

RE: Very nice... Very nice...
By GaryJohnson on 3/13/2007 2:57:51 PM , Rating: 2
What does a laptop have over a desktop (besides size and cool factor)?

What does a PDA have over a laptop (besides size and cool factor?)

RE: Very nice... Very nice...
By dice1111 on 3/13/2007 3:38:02 PM , Rating: 2
Depends on what you mean by "Cool factor", but size is about it. Other then that, Laptops will beat it out in price/performance everytime. At least for some time.

By Chris Peredun on 3/13/2007 12:19:32 PM , Rating: 2
Can't see that mentioned anywhere, but I'd imagine they're using the ULV Core Solo series. It's probably a pipe dream, but I'd like to see the ULV Core Duo make an appearance.

RE: Processor?
By Chris Peredun on 3/13/2007 12:22:10 PM , Rating: 3
Also, spec correction from the Engadget page - it's 1024x600, not 1280x600. I thought that aspect was a little wowed out.

RE: Processor?
By daftrok on 3/13/2007 4:51:13 PM , Rating: 2
Man, talk about overkill. 820*480 on a 7" screen is more than enough and would probably save on production costs and battery life.

better new ahead.
By Roy2001 on 3/13/2007 12:14:33 PM , Rating: 2
Intel is designing low power chip for UMPC which consumes as little as 0.5W energy. Combined with flash based HD we would see UMPC with longer battery life.

RE: better new ahead.
By Roy2001 on 3/13/2007 12:26:26 PM , Rating: 2
BTW, I think screen resolution is 1280x800, not 1280x600. Just look at the screen ration, it is not 2:1.

By ksherman on 3/13/2007 12:43:40 PM , Rating: 2
That thing blows my latop away! And I just got it 5 months ago... too bad I need to type so much :-)

By FrankM on 3/13/2007 1:45:14 PM , Rating: 2
I'd rather take one with a thin touch-sensitive or pressure-sensitive or any other keyboard that would also act as a protective lid. I don't like the idea of thumbkeys. Makes typing on a umpc as bad as on a mobile phone...

Any Ruggedized UMPC's yet?
By RU482 on 3/13/2007 2:54:54 PM , Rating: 2
I know there are ruggedized tablet PCs out there, has anyone seen a ruggedized UMPC yet??

By exdeath on 3/13/2007 4:51:52 PM , Rating: 2
Add built in GPS and GMRS I might want something like this...

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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