Samsung added another model to its Q1 Ultra UMPC series this week, and it’s all over the company’s Central Hall booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The $1400 Q1 Ultra Premium (Q1UP-XP), as it’s called, features a 1.33GHz Intel Core Solo U1500 processor (the same one used in the Sony Vaio UX380N and UX390N), 1GB of RAM, 80GB hard drive, fingerprint reader, and an updated split QWERTY keypad. The keys are supposed to be bigger, but all of the units on display at the booth look exactly the same.
A woman at the booth said that prices of the older models will likely be reduced.
Tangent: This may have been confirmed by Samsung at Sunday’s press conference, but I’m not sure because it was overbooked and we left before waiting around to find out if we could get in when others left (this is the "solution" that was offered by the people guarding the door). Like many who were turned away (there were at least 100 of us), we were pre-registered and had been standing in line for at least 20 minutes. The guy behind me was absolutely livid, ranting about how Samsung would lose 4 million U.S. readers if he wasn’t let in and that anyone without a paper publication should be kicked out immediately. The situation was annoying, of course, but we got the URL for the press kit so I didn’t mind too much (even though I got yelled at for trying to go into a door we were all instructed to enter – by the way, I have to say that I’m unimpressed with the attitudes and general demeanors of most of the exhibitors and PR folk here). Besides, if we hadn’t left early, we wouldn’t have gotten that early look at the new Sony mylo and the Intel booth before it was fully set up. Sometimes things really do happen for a reason.