Considering the SmartDevices Q7 isn’t a true UMPC and it’s going to be a relatively slow browsing device, it’s getting a lot of coverage on UMPCPortal this week.
I find it an extremely interesting device for a number of reasons.
– A near-UMPC for 1/3 of the cost of a PC-based equivalent. The Q7 is going to come in at about $280 including my local taxes (19%) and delivery costs.
– To see how close Ubuntu on ARM comes to a full desktop experience.
– To see just how much efficient an ARM platform with a big screen and radios is.
– Because there’s a huge amount of interest in a low-cost device like this. (E-Reader, coffee-table browser, picture frame, twitter monitor, internet radio, holiday tablet, project work, carPC, Mer/Android development, etc etc.)
- To highlight issues and to create a wish-list to help others build better devices.
As you might have read, we ordered one from Electroworld in China. The website doesn’t look like a safe place to do e-business but after a few emails we decided to take the plunge. Electroworld have been keeping us up to date and have just emailed us to let us know that our device arrived at the office and that it will be despatched in the next 24 hours. In the meantime, we have a stack of new pics. Click through for larger versions or browse all images in the Q7 gallery.
We also have the real dimensions and weight now. This is a 0.5kg device and at 200x120x24mm, it’s just slightly smaller than a Samsung Q1EX.