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Gigabyte M528 MID unboxed

Gigabyte M528 MID unboxed

Gigabyte's M528 MID has been flitting around the pages of SlashGear for so long now, it was hard to believe we'd never seen an unboxing for the touchscreen handheld.  Thankfully the guys at UMPCFever have sorted that, showing the mobile internet device taken from box, to SIM and battery slotting in, to boot and then even flirting with its aigo counterpart.

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Aigo P8860 reviewed: Hackable, admirable, but perhaps not buyable

Aigo P8860 reviewed: Hackable, admirable, but perhaps not buyable

Aigo's P8860 has been one of the more interesting mobile internet devices (MIDs) we've been keeping track of, not least because it actually managed to move out of prototype stage and into the hands of buyers.  The 800MHz Atom powered ultraportable has a 4.8-inch touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and runs a specially tweaked version of Linux intended to make mobile computing straightforward; Jenn at Pocketables has been putting the P8860 through its paces, and while there's plenty to recommend it, there are also a few big questions left over at the end.

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aigo P8860 MID gets internal 3G HSDPA mod: Video Demo

aigo P8860 MID gets internal 3G HSDPA mod: Video Demo

After the video breakdown of aigo's P8860 Mobile Internet Device showed there was plenty of space for slotting in some onboard 3.5G WWAN capabilities, it was only a matter of time until the compact touchscreen device had some HSDPA poured into it.  jkkmobile - who has already added 3G and touchscreens to a variety of ultraportables - has done just that.

Video demo of the HSDPA-enabled aigo P8860 after the cut

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Aigo P8860 MID vs. Archos 5 PMP: Internet device battle

Aigo P8860 MID vs. Archos 5 PMP: Internet device battle

A few months back, when we wondered out loud about abbreviations, one of the easiest targets was the ultraportable device market.  Mobile Internet Devices, Ultramobile PCs, Personal Media Players; as manufacturers rush to grant their gadgets more functionality, all seem to end up overlapping.  The Archos Internet Media Tablet isn't a MID, not by Archos' own definition anyway, but it does offer internet access, on a touchscreen tablet, in a device that's certainly mobile.  Pocketables have been comparing the Archos 5 (soon to be available with integrated 3G WWAN, remember) with the Aigo P8860, a gadget which certainly does claim to be a MID.

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aigo P8860 MID video dissection: HSDPA upgrade possible

aigo P8860 MID video dissection: HSDPA upgrade possible

Nothing like a good device dissection to clear the pipes on a Monday, and if the BenQ S6 hands-on feedback left you thinking "great, but what's inside those little MIDs?" then this might appeal.  aigo's P8860 MID has a similar 4.8-inch touchscreen to the S6, but brings a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to the mixture; in the UMPC Fever forums they've been looking inside to check out possible upgrade potential.

Video dissection after the cut!

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Aigo P8860 MID gets worldwide availability; XP drivers coming October

Aigo P8860 MID gets worldwide availability; XP drivers coming October

If half the problem with MIDs and UMPCs is explaining to would-be buyers why they really ought to consider one, the other is actually finding them for sale.  Aigo's P8860 MID is a case in point; on sale since August in Hong Kong, trying to find one elsewhere will force you onto eBay.  Now, finally, an official reseller has been nominated, Direct From Japan, who will happily ship you the P8860 anywhere worldwide.

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Gigabyte M528 MID gets $685 US pricing (£429 UK)

Gigabyte M528 MID gets $685 US pricing (£429 UK)

Retailer Expansys has listed the Gigabyte M528 MID for preorder on its US and UK sites.  According to the listing, the 4.8-inch touchscreen device will cost $684.99 in the US and £429 in the UK, figures that tally with the Taiwanese pricing Gigabyte recently confirmed.  Although both Expansys sites now list the MID as "ordered on request", an earlier screenshot suggested availability on September 17th.

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aigo P8860 MID launches in HK; XP version shows up too

aigo P8860 MID launches in HK; XP version shows up too

As expected, aigo held a press launch for their P8860 MID today in Hong Kong, at the Mongkok MK1 Super Digital Mall. Sadly SlashGear wouldn't pay for me to fly there, but UMPC Fever stopped by to watch aigo execs take the wraps off of the 4.8-inch touchscreen Silverthorne device. They also managed to score some time with an exclusive Windows XP version; check out the video demo after the cut.

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