When Samsung finally got around to issuing a press release for the Q1 Ultra series of second-generation UMPCs, it mentioned 12 online retailers that would carry the variously configured units upon their release. I checked all 12 sites today and so far only one shop has them available for preorder: CDW.
As you can see, they don’t have any associated images and the availability is listed as "Call" (I tried but they were already closed), but the prices are in absolute harmony with earlier information. None of the product pages have been fleshed out yet; however, from the descriptions (and prices) you can tell that the listed units are the Q1U-EL, Q1U-XP, and Q1U-V.
What I find curious are the "VP" and "VH" at the ends of the $799 (Q1U-EL) and $1199 (Q1U-V) model listings. Since the "XPT" on the $1149 (Q1U-XP) unit is obviously in reference to the system’s XP Tablet PC Edition operating system, the "VP" and "VH" would naturally correspond to Vista Premium and Vista Home. The problem, of course, is that neither OS exists. It’s either Vista Home Premium or Vista Home Basic, and all the Vista-based Q1 Ultras are supposed to running the former.
Does this mean that the entry-level Ultra (the only one powered by the 600MHz Intel A100 chip) actually ships with Home Basic? Not a big concern to some, perhaps, but certainly something to consider if you’re a fan of Aero.[via Origami Project]