Samsung introduces a new Q1 Ultra with a 1.33GHz Intel Core Solo processor

Samsung introduced its Q1 Ultra family of UMPCs in May 2007. The UMPCs are available with Intel A100 and A110 processors, 40GB/60GB/80GB HDDs and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition or Windows Vista Home Edition.

Samsung today announced that it's adding a new model to the family: the Q1 Ultra Premium. In addition to the odd naming scheme, the Q1 Ultra premium adds an ULV Intel Core Solo U1500 processor running at 1.33GHz to the mix -- this is quite an upgrade from the previous A110 which maxed out at 800MHz.

Thanks to the power-efficient processor and 6-cell, 57.7 watt-hour lithium-ion battery; the Q1 Ultra Premium boasts a standard battery life of 7.5 hours. This is a three hour improvement over previous Q1 Ultra models.

The Q1 Ultra Premium also includes what Samsung calls the "Split-QWERTY Keypad Version 1.5" -- the new keypad features larger keycaps for easier data entry. The small keypad on the Q1 Ultra was one of the most often criticized features of the device.

"Since pioneering the UMPC form factor with the introduction of the original Q1, Samsung has been unwavering in its commitment to the long-term growth and development of this fast-growing mobile computing product segment," said Bret Berg, Samsung's senior product marketing manager for mobile computing products. "With the Q1 Ultra Premium, Samsung has leveraged Intel’s Ultra Low Voltage Pentium CPU to deliver an even higher-performing solution for those needing to support the latest and most advanced applications.”

The Q1 Ultra Premium otherwise remains unchanged from its stablemates -- this means that a 7" 1024x600 display, 1GB of memory, 80GB HDD, dual-array microphones, dual webcams, 802.11g wireless, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and an SD/MMC slot remain.

Samsung plans to launch the Q1 Ultra Premium with Windows XP Tablet Edition (Q1UP-XP) at a price tag of $1,399. Samsung will also lower the price of existing Q1 Ultra models to make room for the new offering.

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