Samsung Q1 Ultra: Everything you want to know

UPDATE (5-7-07): Samsung unveils five Q1 Ultra UMPCs

In about 8 hours, Samsung will hold its 2nd generation UMPC press conference to spill all the details on its (repetitively named) Q1 Ultra. Some high quality product shots will likely be available then, too. But who can wait that long?


There’s been enough early information revealed by reputable sources to piece together a complete picture, with full specs, pricing, availability, and a good number of images from the CeBIT display.


Windows Vista Home Premium
800MHz Intel Centrino Pro*
Hard Drive:
Display: 7" WSVGA (1024 x 600)
I/O Ports: DC-in, VGA-out, USB 2.0 (2),
RJ-45, headphone jack, SD card
Connectivity: 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g,
Bluetooth 2.0, HSDPA, WiBro
Dimensions: 8.96" x 4.88" x 0.90" – 0.94"
Weight: 1.52 lbs.
Fingerprint scanner, dual cameras,
navigation pack, data cable, ODD,
6-cell extended battery, stylus pen,
docking station, various cases
Availabilty: May 2007
Price: $1300 – $2000**
(depending on processor)

*Complete speculation. Read the latest here.
**As of March 15, this info is no longer accurate. The source article has been revised to attribute the price range to the original Q1.

There are several interesting bits here, most notably the "depending on processor" price range. The Centrino Pro, I think, has a frontside bus of 667MHz to 800MHz, so either variations of it will be offered or the 800MHz is fixed and we’ll be able to choose from the CPUs in the other Q1s (900MHz Celeron M, 1GHz Via C7, 1GHz Pentium M).

Considering that the fingerprint scanner and dual cameras are being called "optional extras," I would think the price range should be depending on configuration, not processor. It seems highly improbable to me that Samsung would build several different casings: one without the fingerprint scanner and cameras, one with the scanner and cameras, one with just the scanner, and one with just the dual cameras (can you just get one camera instead?).


The thumboards look promising, if not slightly cramped. It’s hard to tell for sure from the picture, but the keys look like they protrude about the same amount as those on the Pepper Pad 3. From the side, I think the Q1 Ultra might be a tad bone/dumbbell shaped, with the center being 0.90" thick and the ends fattening up to 0.94". The chubby ends should make typing more comfortable.

Info mashed up from here, here, here, here, here, and here. A proper press release would be so nice right now.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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