Untouchable Q1 Ultra UMPC at Samsung booth


In stark contrast to Samsung’s showing at CES 2008, which was overrun with Q1 Ultra Premiums that people could touch and use, this year’s enormous booth is almost completely devoid of them. We walked through the booth several times looking for the UMPC display and were about to give up when we spotted a lone Q1 Ultra inside a glass case set up way on the side. What was it doing?

Losing its identity and answering to the name "Note-PC DMFC."



Samsung’s direct methanol fuel cell is often shown with the company’s prototype products and concept devices.

I suppose there never was a "Year of the UMPC," but it’s quite clear from the poor showing the device has in the booth of the company who came out with the first Microsoft-backed Origami one back in 2006 that the UMPC’s days are limited.

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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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