That’s what Richard Shim said, anyway. In a CNET article about the upcoming crop of Vistagami UMPCs set to sprout at next month’s CES, the IDC analyst noted that the best-selling handtops are the Sony UX series, which aren’t even part of Microsoft’s Origami class. According to Shim, Sony determined their target consumer, "built a device that audience wanted, and . . . set it at a price point that audience wouldn’t mind paying for."
Now, it’s no secret that I love my UX180P, but I can’t help but doubt Shim’s claims about its popularity (Casino Royale didn’t spur that many sales, did it?).
I think the Asus R2H is considered to be one of the most successful UMPCs around and it sold at least 40,000 units since September. I don’t know about the other models in the UX line-up (and there are several), but I believe Sony Style received only 750 UX180Ps for its launch in July. And it was replaced with the UX280P within two months, which isn’t the typical route a selling-like-hotcakes product takes.
In any case, it’s always nice to see the UX getting some attention.