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.
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