From Samsung Q1 to Motorola Q

Summary:Samsung formally unveiled its ultra mobile PC, the Q1 this morning.  Similar to other "Origami" Windows XP Tablet Edition systems, it has a 7-inch, 800x480 LCD with touch-screen capability, weights 1.

Samsung formally unveiled its ultra mobile PC, the Q1 this morning.  Similar to other "Origami" Windows XP Tablet Edition systems, it has a 7-inch, 800x480 LCD with touch-screen capability, weights 1.7 lbs, only 512K of RAM, up to 9-hour battery life, and Bluetooth and wired/wireless LAN connectivity. However, the Q1 will retail for $1,099 (sans keyboard)--not exactly the $1,000 PC I had in mind.  See the PC Mag review. Also,  video of the introduction with H.S. Kim, Samsung's executive vice president and general manager of computer systems.

 

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 Motorola is also prepping its Q, a Window Mobile 5.0 phone that will compete with the Blackberry and Treo. The company has been showing prototypes for almost a year, and it was originally supposed to be released in December 2005.

 

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The Q is thin like the Motorola's popular RAZR phones, and has a 320x240 TFT display, a 1.3 megapixel camera,  Bluetooth, IrDA and mini-USB, dual stereo speakers. It might be released this month and should be less than half the price of the Samsung Q1. For now I will stick to my ultra portable notebook with EV-DO, my clamshell, simple cell phone and my antique GoodLink device.

Topics: Hardware

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