Samsung Launches Its First UMPC… Sort Of

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In a press event in San Fransisco yesterday, Samsung officially launched the Q1, its first Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC), and one of the first of this new class of devices to be offered by anyone.

Samsung’s event, though, was somewhat marred by the fact that it had already announced the Q1 a few months ago, and this device isn’t available yet.

At this point, it can only be pre-ordered from CDW, and Best Buy will begin offering it at some point in the near future. Keep in mind, though, it will only be available online.

Many were pleased to see that the official price for this UMPC is $1,100. That’s still out of many peoples’ budgets, but much less than the $1,500 that Samsung originally said it would charge for it. 

More About the Samsung Q1

At yesterday’s event, Samsung revealed the official specifications of this model:

  • Dimensions: 9″ x 5.5″ x 1″
  • 7″ WVGA touchscreen LCD, 800×480 resolution
  • Intel Celeron M 900MHz ULV processor
  • 40GB hard drive
  • 512MB of system memory
  • Stereo A2DP profile
  • AVS
  • Instant-on media functionality so it can boot fast into a movie
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 802.11 b/g Wireless
  • 1.7 1lbs
  • Microsoft Touch Pack for UMPCs pre-installed
  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • More information on the Q1 can be found on Samsung’s web site.

    Thanks to Barry J. Doyle for his help with this article.

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