Samsung Q1EX-71G: 7″ UMPC without QWERTY Keyboard

Samsung NP-Q1EX Specifications

Display: 7″ Touch TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 1024 x 600
Webcam: Yes (Rear)
GPU: VIA Chrome9 HC
CPU: 1.2GHz VIA Nano ULV U2500 
RAM: 2GB 667MHz DDR2
HDD: 60GB 1.8″ HD
Connectivity: WiFi BG, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS (SiRF Star), SD 
Battery: 4-cell 4000mAh Lithium Ion, Up to 4.5 hours
OS: Windows XP Tablet Edition
Dimensions: 8.96 x 4.92 x 0.9″
Weight: 1.43lbs 


Samsung‘s Q1 UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) has just received an update. Introducing the Q1EX-71G. As you can see from the picture, Samsung has decided to remove the QWE-RTY keyboard from each side of the LCD. The resulting look is more streamlined and shorter in length, making both easier to look at and handle, but probably a whole lot harder to type. The Q1EX-71G sports a 7″ touch TFT LCD with a pixel format of 1024 x 600. The 1024 pixel width makes it perfect for browsing the Internet; the 600 pixel height makes it less-than-perfect since you’ll be scrolling just to get to the first sentence of a blog post. Additional analysis and pricing info after the jump.

Samsung did a proper job of fitting the Q1EX-71G with Windows XP Tablet Edition. With a 1.2GHz VIA Nano ULV U2500 CPU the going might have gotten tough with Windows Vista. The ample amount of RAM (2GB) on the 7″ UMPC should make Windows XP Tablet Edition quite usable. Weighing in at just 1.43lbs, I’m sure the Q1EX-71G will be a hit with globetrotters where minimal weight is a definite plus. Not only that, the Q1EX-71G goes on for up to 4.5 hours on a single charge. In real world speak that would be about 3-3.5 hours I’m guessing–not bad at all for a 7″ UMPC.

Now how much is the Q1EX-71G going to cost? The old Q1 (Q1U-SSDXP) with an Intel A110 CPU, 1GB RAM, 32GB HD and Windows XP will run you a hefty US$899.00 on Amazon. But that’s the one to get if you absolutely require a Q1 with a built-in QWERTY keyboard. A NP-Q1EX-FA01US, which I assume is the Q1EX-71G, is up for sale for US$775.99 at Beach Audio but there is zero in stock as of this writing. That would mean there was about a US$100 price cut on the Q1. Sounds good. Let’s keep it going all the way down to $499 and start competing with netbooks.

Source: Samsung, Navigadget, Engadget 

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