UMID M1 mbook US release date on uncertain ground

Umid_us_3g At a time when more people are demanding that their mobile computing devices come with built-in 3G connectivity, it's easy to scan a specs list and delight at the inclusion of HSDPA without thinking. It can be a knee-jerk reaction: we see 3G, we're immediately happy. But when the object of our affection is released in another country, it's important to find out whether the device, if imported, will support our 3G frequency bands.

Take, for example, the UMID M1 mbook MID. Launched in Korea just a few weeks ago, the Atom-based clamshell is one that many have been waiting to get their hands on.

It was revealed at CES 2009 that UMID would be bringing the unit to the US in late May/early June.

Today, however, my contact at UMID told me that while the company is currently working with European distributors and "developing HSDPA and WiMAX for Europe scheme," the same isn't true for America. As such, UMID can no longer confirm the previous summer release and, in the words of my contact, "can't give exact information on the releasing date in US."

The UMID M1 units that are currently shipping in Korea and elsewhere do not support 3G in the US (I only asked about AT&T's 850MHz and 1900MHz bands). Even the HSDPA-equipped review unit that I should be getting soon (if not for the quality issues, I would've had it by now) won't be able to take advantage of the great 3G coverage here in Honolulu.

This may have been implicit, as a Korean product isn't "supposed to" support American mobile broadband, but I've received enough questions about it to justify contacting UMID for clarification.

In short:

  1. A US release is still in the works, but it will most likely be later than expected.
  2. If you're in the US and you want 3G, don't buy the UMID M1 from an importer just yet.

Full specifications, news links, and other information about the UMID M1 mbook MID in the database.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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6 thoughts on “UMID M1 mbook US release date on uncertain ground

  • March 10, 2009 at 3:59 pm
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    Any news when they’re going to sort the quality problems they have been having ?

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  • March 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm
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    I believe they are already working on it. I don’t know if they’re just replacing faulty units with new ones, but I was told a while back that each unit was handmade.

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  • March 13, 2009 at 11:42 am
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    I just wish the keyboard was a little wider, and the screen was a little larger. Just look at the unused space. They could have easily have the keyboard reach the edge.

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  • March 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm
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    It was bad quality of case.

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  • March 24, 2009 at 9:35 am
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    I really hope they release a 3G US version. This is the UMPC of my dreams!

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  • June 1, 2009 at 4:46 am
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    I’ve been wanting something like this for years. I am a novelist and it would be great to not have to lug around a big laptop for those times when insperation strikes me. This is EXACTLY what I want, a laptop that I can put in my pocket.

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