Photos: Origami Ultra Mobile PCs
Intel's general manager for Europe, Christian Morales, introducing three Ultra Mobile Origami PCs — from Samsung, Asus and Founder — at CeBIT on 9 March.
Samsung's Q1 will be available in Europe from May, and will cost around €1,000 (£700). It has a 7-inch. 800×480-pixel TFT touchscreen, is powered by a 900MHz ultra-low-voltage Celeron M processor with 512MB of RAM, and has a 40GB hard disk. Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth are built in, along with wired 10/100Mbps Ethernet, but other functionality, such as wide-area (GPRS, 3G) connectivity, GPS or digital TV, comes via add-ons (USB or CompactFlash). Like the other UMPCs, the Q1 runs Windows XP Tablet PC Edition with Microsoft's Touch Pack add-on. Samsung claims that the Q1's battery will last for "over three-and-a-half hours".
Wide-area connectivity is not built into the Samsung Q1: here, it's connecting via a Bluetooth GPRS phone.
The Samsung Q1 with an external GPS receiver connected and navigation software running.
Digital TV on the Samsung Q1, via a rather awkward-looking USB-stick solution.
Accessories including a USB keyboard, organiser bag and external optical drive increase the flexibility of Samsung's ultra-mobile PC. You can also get a car mount and an extended-life 8-cell battery pack.
The R2H from Asus includes a high-resolution Webcam, a fingerprint scanner and &mdash in the deluxe model &mdash a built-in GPS receiver with a flip-out antenna.
Few details are available on the UMPC from Chinese company Founder, which was not exhibiting at CeBIT. Shown here is the on-screen thumb keyboard provided by Microsoft's Touch Pack add-on for Windows XP.