Plan B for Samsung's UMPC

'We’d rather try opening a coconut with our bare teeth,' was our view of the Samsung's Ultra-Mobile PC back in July. Since then the company&#82

'We’d rather try opening a coconut with our bare teeth,' was our view of the Samsung's Ultra-Mobile PC back in July. Since then the company’s thrown in a tack-on keyboard – and kept the price the same. That was no draw so here's plan B, spotted by Msmobiles at IFA: change the specs and produce two differently priced versions. Rumours that this new version would be be close to the US$500 price tag Bill Gates promised have proved optimistic. Samsung told us today that the new base price will be around £600 – still £200 lower than the current SRP. The new units have VIA chipsets rather than Intel, though we're promised that processing power has actually been increased. The hard drive has also gone disappeared from the original, to be replaced with either 40GB or 60GB of flash, depending on the model. Battery life is improved and the 60GB unit also gets high-speed HSDPA 3G data built-in. Unfortunately, we're told that it won't support 3G voice calls. High-speed data is welcome for downloads, as is a new lower price on the base model. Will it be the breakthrough Samsung is hoping for? We're yet to be convinced.