Korea-based mintpass missed its original late April/early May target date of completing the English firmware for the tiny mintpad multimedia networking device (full specs here), but the company is still pushing forward with plans for an overseas launch. I've been in close contact with mintpass for several months now and have just received an update about the immediate availability of 40 mintpad units to anyone willing to pay $169 plus FedEx shipping fees via bank transfer or PayPal.
After the English version of the mintpass website launched last month, my contact was appointed with the task of heading up a promotion that will soon put mintpads in Korean AAFES shops; the reaction by young American soldiers has already exceeded mintpass' expectations, so the 3.1" x 2.5" x 0.6" devices should do well there.
In addition to the stock allocated for the AAFES stores, my contact also received 40 mintpads that are ready to sell right now for the aforementioned $169 plus FedEx s/h. There's also a good chance that some free accessories could be included to help offset some of the buyer's shipping costs.
A few things to consider before sending payment:
- The web browser isn't translated into English, though I've been told that it's fairly self-explanatory.
- The Sapphire file manager service isn't ready, but users can still transfer media files manually without any difficulty.
- Ad-hoc memo chatting, which is usable only after product registration, also isn't ready.
The good news is that all of these issues are expected to be resolved by June 30th.
A larger-scale international launch is still in the works, though it's being delayed by various issues and requirements that need to be cleared and fulfilled. The company is also still considering specs for the mintpad 2.0 mentioned last month.
In the meantime, however, if you want to be among the first outside of Korea to get your hands on the palm-sized mintpad, leave a comment below (with a valid email address in the required field) and I'll send you details on how to place your order with mintpass.
Full specifications of the mintpass mintpad in the database.