Samsung plans Q1 UMPC refresh in early 2009

Samsungq1ultraTechRadar offers up the first installment of a three-part interview with a Samsung R&D Engineer who shares news of Samsung’s UMPC plans. The company isn’t abandoning the UMPC market by any means and will continue to tweak the Q1 line with a refresh in the first quarter of 2009. There’s no detail on what will or won’t be in the refresh, but there are plenty of opportunites and possibilities here from where I stand.

  • CPU options: Samsung can offer a variety of choices here. Both the Intel Atom and VIA Isaiah should be fair game, although I personally would still like to see a configuration with a true notebook processor like the 1.33 GHz Intel Core Solo model I currently use.
  • Samsung ought to consider a button or switch that disables/enables the hardware keyboard. Today, you can do this in the BIOS or through Device Manager in Windows. It should be easier to do because when you hold the device with two hands, it’s easy to hit keys by accident.
  • Two gigabytes of RAM should be standard with any Q1 model that runs Vista.
  • An active digitizer would be nice, but as much as I’d like to see it happen, I’m not expecting to.

These are just a few of my thoughts. How would you improve the Q1?

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