Medion UMPC pre-order info

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That Medion UMPC I got my hands on at CES is available for pre-order; not sure if this is old news or not, but I noticed the heads up over in the Origami Project forum. As you can see from the product page, the unit is "out of stock", although I’m thinking they were never IN stock as of yet; last I heard the product was launching around the same time as the Vista launch next week.

Looks to be $999 for a Via C7-M running at 1.0 GHz with 768 MB of RAM. I’d make an educated guess that this has 256MB of RAM on board and can take a 1 GB RAM module, similar to the Asus R2H. The unit looks to run Vista Home Premium which includes the Tablet PC functionality, so with the right HID drivers, this should have full, native Tablet functionality.

My initial thoughts: at this price, I’d hoped for the 1.5GHz Via processor (or an upgrade option; perhaps we’ll see that). The unit also has a 30 GB drive, which I consider the bare minimum. While my first impressions of the keyboard were nice, it’s really going to be a thumb-board as you have to hold the unit to use it. If you use the integrated stand to set it down, you won’t be touch typing on it due to the size. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a nice UMPC, but I would like to see Medion squeeze a little more out of the specs at this price. I do like the SD card reader, integrated camera and docking potential, however. Thoughts on the price and specs?

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