The Samsung Q1 gets a new 32GB flash-SSD

Samsung was one of the first manufacturers to jump on the UMPC bandwagon with its Q1. The Q1 has been sold rather prominently at Best Buy for $999.99 since its release. Samsung is now taking a page from Sony's book by adding a solid-state disk (SSD).

The Q1 SSD features an Intel Celeron M ULV processor, 1GB DDR2 memory (up from 512MB), a 7" WVGA (800x400) display, 802.11b/g wireless, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, two USB 2.0 ports, a CompactFlash slot and now a 32GB flash SSD (instead of the previous 1.8" 40GB hard drive).

With the spinning disk now gone, the Q1 SSD has no moving parts and becomes a lighter device overall. The switch to the SSD drops the weight of the unit from 1.71 pounds to 1.63 pounds. It also puts up some impressive numbers with 54MB/sec bursts, 47.4MB/sec reads and a 0.3ms random access time. Trusted Reviews reports:

Whether or not you like the idea of an Ultra Mobile PC doesn’t change the fact that Samsung has created an impressive technology demonstration with the Q1 SSD. The solid state drive means that there are no moving parts and thus reduces the chance of failure, even if the user is rough. The performance improvements are obvious, while the reduction in battery drain is welcome. What I’d really like to see though, is one of Samsung’s ultra-portable notebooks with one of these drives inside it.

The increases in hard drive performance and battery life come at a hefty price though. Instead of the slightly palatable $999 price tag of the original Q1, the Q1 SSD goes for £1,400 (around $2,600 USD).

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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