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I’ve been really busy and couldn’t get something up about the Samsung Q2 that has appeared on engadget.  Thanks to the many of you who emailed me asking where our take on this device was.  It’s right here.  :)  This device is reported to be the […]

I’ve been really busy and couldn’t get something up about the Samsung Q2 that has appeared on engadget.  Thanks to the many of you who emailed me asking where our take on this device was.  It’s right here.  :)  This device is reported to be the next generation UMPC to follow up the company’s successful Q1 line.  While the Q2 information leaked to engadget is speculation there are some interesting things worth discussing.

Samsung Q2 courtesy of engadget

First up is the inclusion of an unknown Intel processor, something I’m glad to see as the Via processor in one of the Q1 models is not really proven yet.  Intel is the way to go in my book so no complaints here.  Samsung has also included two separate cameras, one on the front for use as a web cam and another on the back for use as a regular camera.  I’m not sure I’d want to use such a big device as a camera but at least it would be there if the photo opportunity cropped up.  There is also a split QWERTY thumb board, a feature that can be found on several other devices.  This might be handy in a pinch but I can’t see getting a lot of use out of it personally.

What’s really interesting is the integrated wireless connectivity options.  In addition to the standard Bluetooth and WiFi according to the leaked information the Q2 will have WiBro and HSDPA, two high speed connections that are gaining in popularity in Samsung’s native Korea.  Neither one will do you much good in most places yet, but it’s definitely cutting edge.

The video resolution of the Q2 is 1024 x 600, a resolution that I’ve wished all 7” UMPCs would use.  It’s perfect for the screen size which one assumes is 7” like the Q1, although interestingly in some of the photos that engadget is displaying the device looks smaller than the Q1 to me.  We’ll have to wait and see on this one.  I hope that the inclusion of all the new stuff on the front of the device (like the keypads) don’t require the loss of the great speakers the Q1 is famous for.  The addition of array microphones (dual) on the Q2 is really nice and should make speech recognition and VoIP applications like Skype very practical on the new UMPC.

The Samsung Q2 will be fun to watch as additional information continues to come out.  We’ll keep you informed as it trickles in.

  1. This is looking to be a very interesting machine…

    I hope they can keep the price down to a reasonable level.

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  2. speaking of cool, i now have the vista version of the q1p: amazing machine that’s a lot brighter that the previous q1p. Also, handwriting is not jagged anymore. However, does anybody know how to remove that annoying mouse that pops up when you touch the screen and gets in the way of everything?

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  3. This looks great to me if price is reasonable. Personally I liked the old form factor, but this looks promising as well.

    Hope WiBro and HSDPA is optional or not adding much to the price. Better screen is fantastic. Big improvement. Wonder if which level of sensitivity the screen has.

    The split keypad is probably a plus, but I don’t like the idea of typing on a tiny keyboard that is split. My eyes have to dart back and forth and I sort of lose my bearings.

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  4. on the mouse thing in vista

    http://blogs.msdn.com/hiltonl/archive/2006/10/25/windows-vista-tablet-feature-review-touch-pointer-taskbar-icon.aspx

    There should be an icon on your taskbar to turn on / off the hand icon. if the icon isn’t there, right click your toolbar and see what toolbars are available.

    also some background info:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/hiltonl/archive/2006/11/10/windows-vista-tablet-pc-feature-review-touch-pointer-basics.aspx

    answer found on the gbm forums:
    http://www.gottabemobile.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=1805

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  5. daryl d, how we can get the drivers from you?

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  6. BTW daryl, I found your news even cooler than the one talking about the Q2!

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  7. What criteria do we use in determining the Q1 is “successful?” Surely not keyboard inclusion… ;)

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  8. >>>There is also a split QWERTY thumb board, a feature that can be found on several other devices.

    Several?! All I know of is the Pepper Pads. What have I missed?

    Hey, all those critics who carped about lack of keyboards on UMPCs have to STFU with this one!

    I’m hoping it will retain the ability to switch resolutions. I can see see a need for the standard res currently used — like saving my eyesight! Any math heads here who can do the necessary division on this new screen res?

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  9. If kevin want to get rid of his beloved old Q1 let me know about it! for a bargain price, i’m always in :-)

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  10. Daryl,

    Any chance you could post up the drivers off the CD you got with the Q1P Vista somewhere for us Q1P Vista upgraders while we wait for Samsung to officially put them on their site?

    If you need space, I can give you what you need.
    If not, I understand, but if you could, man, you would be my hero of the day!
    :)

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