Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Samsung UMPC at CES

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Specs so far:

7 inch touch screen
VIA Nano U2500 1200mhz
HDD: Samsung HS082HB
Bluetooth, wireless LAN

Slate style UMPC... why I feel like 2006?

Credit EC, our man on the floor at CES.

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Anonymous said...

No keyboard?
If it had a slider it would be an improvement, but looks the same as q1u

Zero2007 said...

I'm more worried about it using VIA processors... I'm usually crazy over UMPCs, especially the ones from Samsung, but this kinda killed it.

Anonymous said...

Zero - the Via Nano is (a little bit) faster than a Atom with the same clocking. And the Chipset is 2 years newer than that one which come with the Atom. I still waiting for Netbooks with this CPU/Chipset ...

Zero2007 said...

It doesn't matter if it's a newer model. The problem is that the first incarnation we saw in the HP mini-note was an utter failure in terms of architecture, performance, and publicity (need I remind you how the marketing head mislead people with a side-by-side comparison with the Atom Nxx?).

Sure, a faster and more efficient Nano's nice and all, but they've pretty much lost a lot of credibility with their previous stunt. As a consumer and an investor, I would rather wait a few generations to see if they can:
1. Match Atom platforms while maintaining a competitive price to move their units and gain more market share
2. Surpass future Atom platforms while not being that much more expensive
In short, they're going to have to gain more market share and rebuild their credibility before I even consider buying a product from them. It's not so much a matter of the present, but more knowing that if I go with a product of their's today, will they keep improving? As such, why be first in line for a product that's new and has less credibility than its competitors when a good alternative (with a better background) exists?
Answer: Only if the final product (in this case, the Samsung UMPC) is truly worth it. And by the looks of it, no. Not yet and not at that price point.

PS: ..a[n] Atom
And which Atom processor are you referring to?

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