Its great to read this article. Samsung are going to continue developing the Q1 in the ultra mobile PC market and are aiming to have a refresh available for early 2009. According to the first in a series of articles over at TechRadar, Samsung sold 100,000 units in 2007 and are apparently happy with this result considering that the device is in a category that "put simply, many just aren’t convinced by."
I’m convinced and I hope others will be too because with a refresh, the Q1 Ultra that I consider to be the best all-round ultra mobile PC there is, will get even better. I picked up the news via jkOnTheRun where Kevin asks the question ‘how would you improve the Q1.’ I left some comments about what I would consider a good set of improvements that went something like this
- Backlit, improved keyboard.
- Atom 1.6 or 1.8Ghz platform and aim for a 4-hour standard battery life
- 5mp AF HQ cam on a premium Intel-Core version
- A low-cost entry level version running Ubuntu Mobile. $499 for 1Gb/40GB.
- A real docking port and docking station.
- Slicker looking design. Show the MBA fans what a slick mini computer can look like.
The big problem I see coming up though is the lack of Windows XP. The standard Q1 Ultras are useless with Vista in my opinion.