New Samsung Q1 Ultra models ditch Vista for XP

Xp_q1u_modelsWhen Samsung launched its Q1 Ultra series of second-generation UMPCs in May 2007, four of the five models comprising the new lineup were running Windows Vista Home Premium (Q1U-EL, Q1U-V, Q1U-CMV, Q1U-SSD).

The Q1U-XP ($1149) had been the only unit to stay true to its predecessor’s roots by sticking with XP Tablet PC Edition . . . until today. Samsung announced today the supposedly immediate availability of two new XP Tablet models: the Q1U-ELXP ($999) and the Q1U-SSDXP ($1649). I say "supposedly" because neither model is listed on the official Q1 Ultra microsite or on the product pages of various retailers named by Samsung as carrying the new UMPCs.

In addition to tentative availability, it’s unclear whether the new XP-based Q1 Ultras have the SD/MMC slot or built-in WWAN radio found on some of the previous models.

Here’s what’s known so far:

Q1U-ELXP Q1U-SSDXP
Price:
$999 $1,649
OS:  XP Tablet PC Edition XP Tablet PC Edition
CPU: 600MHz Intel A100 800MHz Intel A110
Disk: 40GB HDD 32GB SSD
WWAN: unknown unknown 
Cams: 300P front
1.3MP rear
300P front
1.3MP rear
Slot:  unknown unknown
Security: Fingerprint
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Fingerprint
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And here’s a reminder of the five original models:

Q1U-EL Q1U-XP* Q1U-V Q1U-CMV Q1U-SSD
Price:
$899 $1,150 $1,200 $1,500 $1,999
OS:
 
Vista Home
Premium
XP Tablet Vista Home
Premium
Vista Home
Premium
Vista Home
Premium
CPU: 800MHz
Intel A110
800MHz
Intel A110
800MHz
Intel A110
800MHz
Intel A110
800MHz
Intel A110
Disk: 40GB 60GB 60GB 80GB 32GB SSD
WWAN:   — HSDPA HSDPA
Cams: 300P front
1.3MP rear
300P front
1.3MP rear
300P front
1.3MP rear
300P front
1.3MP rear
Slot:  unknown SD/MMC SD/MMC  SD/MMC
Security: Fingerprint
scanner
Fingerprint
scanner
Fingerprint
scanner

*When first announced, the Q1U-XP had the SD/MMC slot but not the fingerprint scanner. Today, Samsung confirmed that the "new" Q1U-XP has the scanner but didn’t mention anything about the memory card slot.

Whether this means that there are actually two versions of the Q1U-XP is unknown.

[Press release via Tablet PC Talk]
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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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