April 13, 2006 5:40 PM PDT

Samsung plans Origami PC launch

Samsung has scheduled an event for next month to mark the U.S. release of its Q1 ultramobile PC, the first brand-name device to launch using Microsoft's Origami concept.

The Korean electronics giant did not offer any new details on the product in its e-mail invitation to journalists, but said it would launch the product at an event in San Francisco on May 1. (For photos of the Q1 and other Origami designs, click here).

Samsung showed off the tiny tablet at the CeBit trade show in Germany in March, ending weeks of intense speculation over Origami. Microsoft and Intel also both talked separately about their visions for the category of devices, which they hope will someday amount to a device that costs as little as several hundred dollars and has all-day battery life.

The first round of devices are expected to cost considerably more and last only a few hours between charges. Intel and Microsoft have both expressed considerable hope for such ultramobile PCs, but the companies also say that the first devices are likely to appeal more to tech enthusiasts than the masses.

Samsung's device runs a customized version of Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, along with special software for thumb-typing and accessing media files.

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Oragami thing and battery life
Long bettery life is what I was hoping for, but I guess if it's not going to be very long I'll stick to my laptop, for now, it's not too much bigger anyway... I didn't see a price, does anyone know the cost of this?
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Posted by Roman12 (214 comments )
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Can I run Linux or Mac OS X in it?
It won't appeal to me unless I see a good OS in it.
Posted by benjiernmd (123 comments )
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It won't appeal to me unless I see a good OS in it.
Make this thing a MAC and you can count me in.
Posted by tfree1960 (1 comment )
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by all accounts the first phase will be very poor value for money...
so what would compel someone to buy this?

who is the target group?

I remember seeing a video of young, mobile, adolecents showing-off the supposed capabilities of the origami but I can't envision anyone in that age range flocking to buy this over something like an oqo or even a flybook.
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hy i m milan
pc sam sunj i s vbesrt so
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