Pricing and Availability for Samsung, Asus UMPCs

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Although both Samsung and Asus have taken the wraps off their Ultra Mobile PCs, at the announcement neither said anything official about when these devices would be available or at what prices.

A few weeks later, there is more information.

Samsung says its UMPC will debut sometime this quarter. However, there are signs that it may not be released in the United States at all.

Although one of the eventual goals of this product category is low cost, Samsung says it expects its first UMPC will have a price near $1,500.

Asus says that its first UMPC (pictured at left) won’t hit stores until July. There has, as yet, been no word on what it will cost.

What’s an Ultra Mobile PC?

The Ultra Mobile PC is a new class of portable computers.

The goal is to create pocket-sized, inexpensive, Windows computers. These will have a constant wireless connection to the Internet and batteries capable of lasting for an entire day.

So far, though, none of the first generation UMPCs have lived up to the dream. They all offer shorter battery lives than hoped for, high prices, and form factors too large to make them pocketable. 

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