Samsung to ship cheaper, AMD-based UMPC
The Korea Times says Samsung
has struck a deal with AMD in order to lower the price of its Q1
Ultra-Mobile PC. The Q1 launched last month with an Intel Celeron M
processor, but the machine is still
priced at a hefty $1,099.99. At that price, the Q1 competes against
full-featured laptops, which makes it unappealing to some users
considering its lack of keyboard and 3.5-hour rated battery life.
According to The Korea Times, subsidies from Korea Telecom in
conjunction with the switch to AMD processors can make the Q1 drop from
its Korean price of 1.2 million won ($1,267) to the equivalent of $739
or below—a whopping 41.6% cut. The Q1 could go down from $1,099.99
to just $642 if the same plunge occurred in the U.S., although it's not
clear what kind of drop—if any—users outside South Korea can
expect. Nonetheless, the new AMD-powered Samsung Q1 is expected to ship
this fall, the Korea Times says. Thanks to Reg Hardware for the tip.