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Samsung Opens Up UMPC Category

San Francisco — Samsung Electronics unveiled its Q1 Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) here last week.

The device is based on a Microsoft reference design first shown at January’s International CES, where Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Samsung was one of the first companies to accept and act upon the design.

The Q1 utilizes Microsoft’s UMPC concept that calls for a portable, touch-screen device that can stand in for a slew of current consumer devices. The Q1 will become available at on May 7 with a $1,099 suggested retail price. Wider distribution through Best Buy will take place later this summer.

The Q1 is centered on a 7-inch touch screen and weighs in at 1.7 pounds. It is running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition with an Intel Celeron 900MHz or Pentium M processor. It has 512MB of memory and can be equipped with either a 40GB or 60GB hard drive. The Q1 has integrated 802.11g wireless and Bluetooth networking.