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Intel's "Santa Rosa" platform is basis for Samsung's next-generation UMPC lineup, which may include an entry-level model

While the wraps still have to be lifted from Samsung's new Q1 Ultra Ultra Mobile PC (no, that's not a typo) at CeBIT 2007, some information has quietly slipped out from under the umbrella, not the least of which is the possible presence of a cheaper cousin to the Q1 Ultra.

H.S. Kim, executive vice president and general manager of Samsung's computer division, will be officially unveiling the device later today, and hopes to double or triple the sales of Samsung's initial Q1 line by adding a cheaper variant. Samsung’s original Q1 has sold roughly 100,000 units in its year on the market. "In order to have more users who can afford this kind of product, we are thinking of coming up with a second version."

With the amount of technology crammed into the top-of-the-line Q1 Ultra, it's no surprise that there are plenty of places to save a few bucks by opting out of the options. Specifications were laid out in a previous DailyTech article earlier this week, but notably absent were the processor and chipset specifications. Thanks to an alert reporter at PC World, a little more is now known.

The Q1 Ultra will be riding on Intel's Centrino platform, codenamed Santa Rosa, and will be sporting a new Core 2 based processor running at a mere 800MHz. Intel's 965 chipset will provide the core logic, and by association a GMA3000-derived graphics chipset will offer DirectX 9.0c features. Weight is slightly reduced to 1.5lbs from the 1.7lbs of the Q1, and just over a half-inch of height is shaved off.

However, DailyTech insider Marcus Pollice had an opportunity to play with the Q1 earlier today, only to report the prototype is far from complete.  "If the info CPU-Z gives out is somewhat correct, it's running a 90nm Dothan-based CPU at 0.8V," he said.

In addition to the standard hard drive and SSD-based models of the original Q1, Samsung is also "planning to have this hybrid drive some day in the near future," added Kim.

Pricing has not been officially released, but sources estimate a street price of $1,200 USD for a well-equipped Q1 Ultra.

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Still Waiting on Decent Graphics Power
By Assimilator87 on 3/15/2007 11:49:53 AM , Rating: 1
I thought it was pretty cool when the UMPCs were first introduced and there was a pic of a guy playing Halo on it. I don't think Halo would run very well on an X3000. I'll buy one when they stick in a mobile GF8600.

RE: Still Waiting on Decent Graphics Power
By Chris Peredun on 3/15/2007 12:23:27 PM , Rating: 3
While it's no Go8600, Dell has been rumoured to be in talks with both ATI and NVIDIA for a truly low-wattage GPU. We might see a "Dell UMPC XPS" in the future. Keep in mind that you don't need a whole lot of horsepower to push pixels at 800x480, or even 1024x600.

By therealnickdanger on 3/15/2007 12:50:26 PM , Rating: 2
Did you see the Tweaktown CeBIT coverage?

By Assimilator87 on 3/15/2007 10:56:16 PM , Rating: 2
If you posted the link to point to the external graphics card then I think you missed the whole point of it. How in the world would anyone carry both the UMPC and the ext. GPU? We need a powerful integrated solution.

By therealnickdanger on 3/15/2007 12:36:32 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think Halo would run very well on an X3000.

Between Intel's poor X3000 driver implementation (i.e.: complete lack thereof) and HaloPC's poor optimization, I think we'll be out of luck on that one. 800x600 with PS1.1 and most if not all the effects turned off might be smooth... However, it will be like looking through a window covered in poo, but it will be playable.

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