How difficult is it to buy a MID?

Posted on 10 August 2009, Last updated on 11 March 2010 by

For reference, here are the devices we know about that are 10 inch and under, based on Intel’s MID platform and available or about to become available.

Viliv X70 EX

Archos 9

Viliv S5


Viliv S7


Kohjinsha SK3

Fujitsu U2010

Sony Vaio P500

Kohjinsha SX3

Dell Inspiron Mini 10

Compal KAX-15

Lenovo Ideapad U8
Clarion MiND

Kohjinsha SC3

E-King i1

Lluon Mobbit

MSI Wind U115

MSI Wind U110 ECO

Aigo MID

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10 Comments For This Post

  1. Steve 'Chippy' Paine says:

    New article: How difficult is it to buy a MID?

  2. Matthew Sacks says:

    Retweeting @chippy: New article: How difficult is it to buy a MID?

  3. Corrupted Mind says:

    Absolutely fantastic post Chippy. It is like you are reading my mind. Telepathically. I was just explaining to my fiance yesterday why I’m still PC-less. I wanted a viliv S5 with a 3G radio built in. Then OQO and Raon went down and my desire for something off-piste suddenly went away. Together with the “strange” payment options on Dynamism I have been well and truly put off remaining portable PC-less for 3 months. My newly found (age inspired) resistance to these newer (off piste) brands have literally hemmed me into a pen containing 3 MIDs/Netbooks (the Sony Vaio P, Asus T91 and Archos 9) not exactly inspiring eh?

  4. Jonathan Cohen says:

    What about the ultracheap SmartQ 5 and 7?

  5. Chippy says:

    The Smartq devices are ARM based. ARSTechnica were focusing on Intel-based MIDs. That said,i would include the SmartQ devices in the MID category.

  6. Josef says:

    Is it easy in Germany? No. You need to import them and live with a english keyboard. I dont care, but a lot people do. Hope that the UMPC Market will grow up in Germany / Europe :-)

  7. Stan says:

    It’s almost impossible to find any of these in Canada, unless purchased from the US. In Taiwan situation’s pretty similar, if not worse( they don’t seem to import anything from Korea). I loved the wibrain and was hoping for i1 so much, but in the end I bought Asus T91.
    Unfortunately, many people would prefer a smartphone over a MID these days.

  8. BRYAN B says:

    I think the point being missed is that most of the new high end smartphones are Mids. Case in point there are several devices slated to be released at the end of 2009,( which will be running the Snapdragon 1000 MHz processor. Most,if not all will have screen resolution of 400×800.
    Granted, they will be running on mobile platforms, but the line is certainly blurring.

  9. Christian Tang says:

    How difficult is it to buy a MID? | UMPCPortal – Ultra Mobile …

  10. NobbyNobbs says:

    It`s a well known problem. Without sufficient demand you won`t see MIDs in stores, but without being easily available and a bit of marketing there is never going to be enough demand.
    When I`m using my wibrain or my everun note peolpe often ask me about the devices. As I really these devices despite the slight drawbacks I`m always very positive when I tell people about them. And often enough I really get people interested. But this interest dies instantly once they ask me where they can get these devices. As I live in germany mobilx is the best choice to get them. But many people hesitate to buy in a small webshop in eastern europe with high shipping costs. The biggest question is always on support.
    It really is a shame.

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