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Medion has officially launched its debut device in the ultra-mobile PC arena: the UMPC RIM 1000, first seen at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year. At the same time the manufacturer announced its latest sat nav GPS device - the GoPal S2310. Medion UMPC Rim 1000 The the UMPC RIM 1000 incorporates a VIA C7-M 770 ULV processor …

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mmm...

.... and they've managed to make it relatively sexy as well. Not exactly cheap though - if you can buy the Sony for 100 quid more the Medion might be a tough sell.

Any thoughts on the split keyboard?

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Pricing will be deciding factor

It is interesting to see that they'll be selling these UMPCs in supermarkets to increase awareness, but I think they will be severely limited by that price.

I am definitely in the target market for these devices I own a high spec PC, my wife has a high performance laptop, my phone is an all singing/dancing Window Mobile device etc., and an UMPC is definitely a desirable item for me.

But they are only ever something I want not something I even remotely need and at £800 ($1600-odd) I can't justify buying one. I think until they fall to the £200-£400 range which is comparable to a low priced laptop it will only be an oddity for the rich geek and show-off city-boy.

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