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.
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.