updated 02:20 pm EDT, Fri July 10, 2009
BenQ MID S6 with Win XP
BenQ on Friday revealed that it was launching a version of its MID S6 with Windows XP in its native Taiwan. The Mobile Internet Device is being launched in tandem with Far EasTone and not only replaces BenQ's custom Linux interface with the Microsoft OS but takes advantage of the built-in 3G as well: besides mobile data beyond the built-in Wi-Fi, it also lands built-in VoIP. Hardware is slightly modernized with an 800MHz Atom Z500 and an 8GB SSD giving it better performance and storage for the more resource-heavy OS.
Most other areas remain the same, with a 4.8-inch (800x480) touchscreen, 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth and a microSD slot for expansion. The S6 by itself will normally sell for the equivalent of $423, but signing up to three years of data service drops the price down to $57. BenQ hasn't laid out ambitions to bring the MID in either Linux or Windows form to the US. [via Crave]