New Samsung ultra-mobile portable PC with a fingerprint sensor

AuthenTec’s AES1610 fingerprint sensor will be used in Samsung’s new Q1 Ultra model ultra-mobile PC for consumers. Samsung’s Q1 Ultra combines extreme portability, rich multimedia versatility, advanced connectivity and the full power of a Windows Vista-enabled desktop PC, and is the first Samsung UMPC to offer AuthenTec’s Power of Touch to “on-the-go” users.

AuthenTec’s award-winning AES1610 combines security, convenience and personalization into the smallest form factor used in PCs today. The sensor’s “Always-On Authentication” feature greatly reduces the risk of compromised data in the event the UMPC is lost, stolen or left unattended.

UMPCs such as Samsung’s Q1 Ultra are easily portable devices that provide all the capabilities of a PC, but in a much smaller form factor to improve anytime, anywhere access. With the launch of the Q1 Ultra, Samsung will extend the power and functionality of their ultra-mobile line by offering a rich feature set that enables superior connectivity and multimedia opportunities.

From a non security point of view, the device has a sleek and ergonomic design, the Q1 Ultra weighs just 1.7 pounds and features a crisp, seven-inch display (1024 x 600 pixels), a 60GB hard drive, 1.3 megapixel primary camera, a second 0.3 megapixel web camera, and Bluetooth 2.0. The Q1 Ultra contains a full keyboard and touch screen, yet can also be used with an external keyboard for desktop use, and runs on an Intel processor and includes 1GB of DDR2 memory. The device offers a range of network connectivity options including built-in 802.11a/b/g, HSDPA, and WiBro.

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