Many people will be pleased by the news coming from Samsung about its upcoming Ultra Mobile PC. The company has announced that this device will go on sale May 1.
And there’s even better news: previously, there had been questions about whether this device would be released outside of Asia. Samsung, though, says its first UMPC, named the Q1, will be available worldwide.
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. In fact, the company is planning a big event in San Fransisco to launch this device.
Samsung is well aware that the Q1 will be priced beyond the reach of all be a few, and it is already planning a second, less expensive UMPC.
This one will cost about $700, but Samsung has not yet said how it will reach this price point.
The company also has not yet said when it expects this as-yet-unnamed model to hit the market.
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.