I don’t remember the Medion UMPC garnering quite as much coverage at CES as the Gigabyte U60 got from CeBIT, which is strange considering that both are rebranded versions of the same Arima unit. But if prelaunch buzz is any indication of how well a product will do upon release, then so far it looks like you’ll see more Gigabytes than Medions on the street (gross exaggeration, as I have yet to see anyone in real life using a UMPC).
Of course, before any sort of competition can begin, the handtops need to first be released! Since January, Medion USA has been showing the $1K device to be out of stock. An estimated delivery date still hasn’t been posted, but Steve from UMPCportal.com found today a May 2007 availability date on the company’s German site. Not a good sign given that two days ago delivery was supported to begin in three weeks.
For Medion to get a bit of a headstart on Gigabyte, who is reportedly set to begin mass production of the U60 in May, I hope this latest delay is the last. After all, this UMPC was supposed to be in everyone’s hands at the end of January.