Samsung today announced the company's next-generation UMPC family, the Q1 Ultra, at the Samsung Experience in New York.
The Q1 Ultra is an ultra-mobile computing device, which offer the power of a desktop or notebook computer but can be accessed anytime and anywhere.
The Q1 Ultra UMPC features the new Intel Ultra Mobile Processor running at a clock speed of 600 or 800 MHz, along with 1 GB of DDR2 system memory. The Q1 Ultra supports a minimum of 4.5 hours of continuous run time via the integrated Lithium Ion prismatic batteries. The Q1 Ultra also includes integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and the factory optional 3.5G HSDPA cellular modem. Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows XP Tablet Edition operating systems are also supported.
The Q1 Ultra also features a 300 pixel webcam, along with a dual-array microphone, enabling face-to-face video chatting/video conferencing. Additionally, an 1.3 mega pixel camera supports video recording and still pictures, allowing users to simply snap and send videos/photographs with a single device. Supporting these features, the Q1 Ultra is equipped with a seven-inch wide WSVGA LCD touch screen that boasts a native resolution of 1024 x 600. The new, LED backlit LCD supports 300nits of brightness. Facilitating system and data security, the Q1 Ultra is also available with an integrated fingerprint reader enabling enhanced security and fast application/website log-in.
The integrated split-QWERTY keypad is located to the left and right of the LCD.
Add-on options include a docking station which supports 3 USB 2.0 ports, additional standard or extended battery charger slot, audio out port, microphone in port and stylus holder, U.S. and Canada GPS navigation receiver and maps, an external USB-based keyboard with point stick and mouse select buttons, an organizer/portfolio carrying case, 6-cell extended-life battery, 8-cell extended-life Power Bank and a DVD RW +/- Dual Layer external Optical Disk Drive.
The announcement marks one year since Samsung, along with partners Microsoft and Intel, pioneered a new category and form factor of PCs with the introduction of the Q1 UMPC.
The Q1 Ultra UMPC is available in a number of configurations, starting with an MSRP of $799.00 and can be purchased through a variety of retail and e-tail outlets.