I added a bit about the Vaio UX390N as an update to the UX1XN news from the other day, but since that post will soon be pushed off the main page by all the CES madness this week, I wanted to give the upcoming Micro PC some proper attention.
The UX390N, due out in February for $2,500, is the U.S. version of the flash-based UX1XN. Entering the country of course means that the device loses its Compact Flash slot in favor of integrated WWAN, but other than that, everything is essentially the same.
This new model makes number six (I think) in the UX series, which only debuted in May. We already have the aesthetically identical UX50, UX90, UX17GP, UX180P, and UX280P. Do we really need a UX390N? (By the way, assuming the "N" stands for NAND flash memory, what do the "G" and "P" stand for?) Samsung’s Q1 lineup is expanding just as quickly, but at least each new model includes the "Q1" designation. Unless the second-generation of UXs will be called UYs (actually, the UX is something of a replacement series for the U, so perhaps UXY or UXZ is more likely?), I think the onslaught of new models that all look exactly the same and bear seemingly arbitrary numbers is pretty ridiculous.