40,000 OQO Model 02 units on the way
DigiTimes is reporting that OQO may have placed a large order of processors and chipsets with VIA Technologies to ready 40,000 handtops (presumably of the Model 02 variety) for U.S. consumption.
While the figure may not be impressive when compared to other consumer electronic markets, it does say something about the faith the company has in where the UMPC form factor is headed this year. Consider the (unconfirmed) fact that when the Sony Vaio UX180P Micro PC was launched in July 2006, SonyStyle.com was sent just 750 units. Sales figures since then are virtually impossible to track down, but there was that little tidbit last month that indicated the UX series to be the best-selling device in its class.
Is 40,000 a suprisingly high or suprisingly low number? Without knowing the timeframe OQO has in mind for when they expect to place another order, I have no idea. It has been said that Asus sold the same number of R2H UMPCs in about a three-month period. Oh, and don’t forget that Woot! sold 250 Model 01+ units in nine hours.
In any case, it will be interesting to see how on-target OQO is in their understanding of supply and demand.