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Samsung's Q1 Ultra followup sheds real keyboard for the virtual

The UMPC form-factor has lost much of its appeal as consumers have become so infatuated with netbook computers. It used to be that if you were looking for a computer with a small screen that was very portable, the UMPC was the only ticket in town.

One of the original UMPCs came from Samsung and was called the Q1 Ultra. Samsung has now introduced a follow up to the Q1 Ultra called the Q1EX-71G. That name is certainly a mouthful, and not as elegant as Q1 Ultra, but the machine itself is very slick.

The Q1EX measure 9-inches x 5-inches x 1-inch (W x H x D) and weighs less than 1.5 pounds. The device sheds its odd split thumb keyboard in favor of an onscreen keyboard and 7-inch touch panel LCD. The panel has a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 and 300 nits of brightness.

Samsung promises that the standard 4-cell lithium-ion battery pack is good for up to 4.5 hours of run time and that the extended life battery is good for up to 8.5 hours. Connectivity options with the system include 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 is included. An integrated dual-array mic allows users to make VOIP calls using the device as well.

The hardware inside the tiny chassis includes a 60GB HDD, 2GB of DDR2 667 MHz RAM and the processor is a VIA Nano ULV U2500 running at 1.2GHz. The system runs Windows XP Tablet Edition and graphics are VIA Chrome9 HC. Samsung warrantees the Q1EX for 1 year for parts and labor.

The Q1EX is available now online for $775.99, which seems steep considering similarly specked netbooks can be had for half that amount.



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RE: Nano!
By plewis00 on 3/6/2009 3:41:25 AM , Rating: 2
Because you're comparing it to the wrong thing. A VIA U2500 (suspiciously similar sounding to the Intel Core ULV variant) has a TDP of 6.8W, whereas the Atom has 2.5W, I doubt very much the VIA is 2.5x faster clock-for-clock. I think you'll find the something like an Intel Core 2 Solo ULV SU3300 with a TDP of 5.5W to be significantly faster than either chip.

Also I am yet to see a favourable review of any VIA chip. Yes, they are small and low-power but never have I genuinely seen it outperform an AMD or Intel equivalent. The VIA benchmarks are always skewed - SiSoft Sandra ALU performance and Memory bandwidth integer tests? I have never seen a serious review taking those results as gospel for performance, and we all know high memory bandwidth means nothing if not used properly.


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