Two of the companies that first jumped on the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) bandwagon announced made announcements this week. Samsung took the wraps of an updated version of the Q1b, while ASUS gave more details on a model it first began showing off months ago.
Samsung is going to introduce an updated version of its Q1. Bearing the name Q1b, this device will have a Via C7-M processor, not the Intel Celeron one in the original model. It is hoped this will give the newest model a longer battery life.
This upcoming device will also sport a larger hard drive (60 GB vs. 40 GB), and more RAM (1 GB vs. 512 MB).
Otherwise, though, the Q1b is expected to be essentially identical to Samsung’s first UMPC.
There is, as yet, no word on when this model will be released or what it will cost.
Although Asus has been showing off the R2H at tradeshows for months, it waited until now to release all the details on this device.
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Some of the more interesting features in this upcoming UMPC include a built-in GPS receiver and a fingerprint scanner. It will also sport a 1.3 megapixel camera.
In addition, the R2H will have Wi-Fi (a/b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0. It will offer a 7-inch touchscreen, plus buyers will be able to choose between 20, 30, 40, and 60 GB hard drives.
Some might be underwhelmed, though, by this device’s 900 MHz Celeron processor and 256 MB of RAM.
Despite today’s announcement, Asus still has not revealed when the R2H will be available or its price will be.
More information is available on the Asus web site.