Breaking news: Samsung Q1P UMPC adds a missing link with HSDPA

vistagami_1.gifTwo short weeks ago we heard about the Samsung Q1-SSD with flash drive and the Q1b which will sport a Via processor. Get ready for the Q1P, which will also have a Via CPU but adds HSDPA connectivity. The announcement just hit at the IFA show and word is that the new model availability is fourth quarter. In addition to the internal radio for wireless 3G connectivity, the Q1P will also have an increased battery life: up to five hours. I’d expect that some of the increase battery life is due to the Via chipset, but it’s likely that we’ll see a larger capacity battery than we have with the current Q1 model.

The wireless connectivity along with the increased battery life is just what the UMPC doctor ordered; this could help propel the UMPC class of devices into a more mainstream space, although the progress is still likely to be slow. It’s not yet clear if the HSDPA connectivity is integrated or done through some type of interface.

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