UMID M1 benchmarks: small & speedy

While we grabbed not one but two hands-on demos with the UMID M1 MID at Mobile World Congress last month, we didn't want to push our luck running benchmarks on the compact touchscreen handheld.  Obviously UMPC Portal's Steve isn't quite so shy, hence these CrystalMark 2004R3 results for the 1.3Ghz Atom MID.

As the results show, the M1's core strength is its storage performance, helped to no small amount by the fact that UMID pack in a 16GB SSD.  That pushes CrystalMark HDD scores to 8463, while the overall score is 22,716 marks; contrast that with the OQO Model 2+, the 64GB SSD version of which scored 7923 in the HDD category.

According to Steve, that strong score translates over into real-world use, too, with the M1 booting quickly and being "noticeably faster in normal operations."  Unfortunately we still don't have an official US release date; UMID announced recently that they were pushing back the US launch from the Summer to an unspecified later date.