Samsung Electronics announced three new additions to its Q1 Ultra family of Ultra Mobile PCs, the Q1U-SSDXP, the Q1U-ELXP and the Q1U-XP. The new Q1U-SSDXP is the first Q1 Ultra to incorporate a solid state Flash NAND hard drive instead of a traditional rotational disk drive. All three of the new models are based on the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system. The new models, which are now shipping, continue to advance Samsung’s commitment to the emerging and fast growing UMPC product category.
Introduced in May 2007, the Q1 Ultra is Samsung’s second generation UMPC. Complete with a 7” wide 300 nits ultra-bright LED backlit LCD, an integrated split-QWERTY keypad for fast text entry, and full PC compatibility, the Q1 Ultra is designed to enhance productivity, ease-of-use and portability in a range of personal and professional scenarios. With an increased battery life of up to 4.5 hours coupled with faster speeds, flexibility and mobile functionality, the Q1 Ultra product provides a compelling solution packed into an ultra small 1.5 pound package.
About the Q1U-SSDXP
Fueled by an impressive 32GB of SSD flash NAND solid-state memory hard drive, as opposed to the traditional 1.8” rotational disk drive found in the other Q1 Ultra models, the Q1U-SSDXP UMPC is a no-compromise, high-performance mobile computing solution that can fully operate in a diverse range of user/environmental conditions.
The Q1U-SSDXP is designed for optimum performance combined with increased usability. Overall system performance is significantly enhanced, as the SSD is capable of reading and writing information to and from the solid state drive faster than models with typical disk drives. By replacing the traditional disk drive with a solid state drive, the Q1U-SSDXP no longer has any internal moving parts, making it a significantly more rugged solution for those users and applications warranting the added ruggedness. Additionally, the Q1U-SSDXP can operate in an expanded environmental range, making it that much more versatile when compared against a model with a traditional disk drive. Priced at only $1,649.00, the Q1U-SSDXP reflects the growing availability of Flash NAND-based solid state drives and Samsung’s commitment to reducing the customer’s overall total cost of ownership (TCO).
About the Q1U-XP and Q1U-ELXP
The Q1U-XP and Q1U-ELXP are fully featured UMPCs aimed at the B2B commercial markets that require a Windows XP operating system. Pre-installed with the Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system, the Q1U-XP and Q1U-ELXP enable full PC compatibility with all XP legacy applications. Featuring the new Intel Ultra Mobile Processor running at a clock speed ranging from 600MHz to 800 MHz, along with 1 GB of high speed DDR2 system memory, the Q1U-XP and Q1U-ELXP are compelling solutions for those mobile individuals who meet deadlines, complete projects and stay in touch while on the go.
To protect secure information, the Q1U-XP, Q1U-ELXP and the Q1U-SSDXP come standard with a built-in biometric fingerprint reader as an added level of system security. Using the AuthenTec fingerprint scanner combined with the OmniPass security software, the Q1U-XP, Q1U-ELXP and the Q1U-SSDXP reduce the risk of data theft by adding another layer of security to the system.
Like the earlier Q1 Ultra UMPCs, these new Q1 Ultra models continue to push the connectivity boundaries by including integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, providing users with wireless communications regardless of their location.
Facilitating seamless communications across a range of environments, these new Q1 Ultra models feature a 300 pixel webcam, along with a high-performance dual-array microphone, enabling face-to-face video chatting/video conferencing. Additionally, a high-resolution 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, all Q1 Ultra models are equipped with a 300 nits ultra bright, seven-inch wide WSVGA LED backlit LCD touch screen that boasts a native, high-resolution of 1024 x 600. All Q1 Ultra UMPCs also integrate the AVS Now instant-on feature, allowing users to enjoy a host of multimedia applications, including video, movies, music and still photos, without booting up Windows.
Value-add options include a docking station which supports 3 USB 2.0 ports, additional standard or extended-life battery charger slot, audio out port and microphone in port, GPS navigation receiver and maps for the U.S. and Canada, an external USB-based keyboard with point stick and mouse select buttons, an organizer/portfolio carrying case, 6-cell extended-life battery providing up to 8.5 hours of continuous run time, 8-cell extended-life Power Bank battery providing up to 11 hours of continuous run time and a DVD RW +/- Dual Layer external Optical Disk Drive.
The Q1U-ELXP–powered by the 600MHz A100 Ultra Mobile processor and a 40GB hard disk drive–is available for an MSRP of $999.00 about Rs 40,000). The Q1U-XP UMPC–powered by the 800MHz A110 Ultra Mobile processor and a 60GB hard disk drive–is available for an MSRP of $1149.00 (approx Rs 47,000), while the Q1U-SSDXP–powered by the 800MHz A110 Ultra Mobile processor and a 32GB Flash NAND solid state drive–is available for $1649.00 (about Rs 67,000).