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Samsung upgrades Q1 ultramobile PC

The $1,399 Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC has a 1.33GHz Intel Core Solo processor and, Samsung says, a better keyboard. Pokier predecessors get a price cut.

Samsung's Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC Samsung

Samsung's 2-pound entry into the ultramobile PC category has some faster hardware in the form of a 1.33GHz Intel ultra-low voltage Core Solo U1500 processor.

The Korean electronics giant introduced the Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The system still splits the QWERTY keyboard onto separate sides of the 7-inch, 1024x600 touch screen, but the keyboard keys now are larger for easier typing, Samsung said.

The model's predecessor, the Q1 Ultra introduced last May, used Intel's earlier-generation 800MHz Ultra Mobile Processor.

The Q1 Ultra Premium costs $1,399, including Windows XP Tablet Edition, and Samsung is lowering the price of preceding models.

Other features include 1GB of memory, an 80GB hard drive, an SD flash memory card slot, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a fingerprint reader, a lithium-ion battery that will last "up to 7.5 hours," and 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 wireless networking.