Samsung announced its second generation Q1 Ultra UMPC last month. The company stated that the device would start at $799 for the base model and would creep up to $1,499 for the range-topping model. The base Q1 Ultra (Q1U-EL) was to be equipped with a 600MHz Intel A100 processor, 1GB DDR2-400 memory, 40GB HDD, 7inch 1024x600 LED-backlit display, 802.11a/b/g,
Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, split-QWERY keyboard and Windows Vista Home Premium. When announced, Samsung said that the Q1U-EL would ship in late May while the Q1U-V (800MHz/1GB/60GB/SD slot/dual cameras) would ship in mid-May. The Q1U-V started showing up online at the end of May, but the slower Q1U-EL was nowhere to be
Yesterday, information began popping up on the Origami Project forums that could
explain the delay for the Q1U-V. Samsung's new Q1 Ultra microsite now lists all
variants as having the 800MHz A110 processor.
Online retailers have updated their product listings to show that the Q1U-EL now
features the 800MHz A110 processor instead of the slower 600MHz A100
processor. Retailers reflecting the processor change include Bottom Line
Telecommunications, Buy.com and PC Connection (they list the A110 processor, but
have not yet revised their text to reflect the 800MHz clock speed).
Even more telling is that some retailers have also raised their prices to
compensate. Buy.com is showing the Q1U-El at $875.99 while PC Connection is now
listing the UMPC at $899. CDW previously listed the Q1U-EL at $799, but has
since removed the price and now states "Call for Availability." It may take a
few more days for all of the commotion to die down and for retailers to get
their pages updated, but it looks as though Samsung is saying goodbye to not
only the 600MHz A100, but also the $799 price tag.