CeBIT 2006 : Origami unveiled – the Samsung Q1

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So, is this the much-hyped Origami device? It would seem so. Well almost – Origami is a type of portable device, not one specific machine. And one of the first off the blocks in this category is Samsung’s Q1, a new portable media device developed in conjunction with Intel and Microsoft, combining PDA, music player, GPS, tablet PC and storage device in one rather smart little box.

Weighing just 779g and only 24.5mm deep, the Q1 features a 7-inch wide 800 x 480 resolution LCD touch screen, a 40GB drive and 512MB RAM. It offers the full functionality of a conventional notebook PC, operating with an Intel Celeron M or Pentium M processor and the Windows XP tablet operating system. Bluetooth and LAN wireless connectivity and optional GPS navigation will keep you connected on the move and there’s even a twin array mic for making cheapie VoIP calls.

But the selling point is that it’s more than a PC. Samsung’s AVS Multimedia feature means you can enjoy your movies, photos and music at the touch of a button, without troubling windows – and there’s support for all multimedia formats. The three button pad combined with an eight way stick should make the machine of interest to games developers too. The Q1 has been unveiled at Cebit today – expect to hear much more on this and Origami in the coming weeks. No details on either price or availability as yet, we’ll keep you posted.

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