BenQ announced today that the previously Midinux-based S6 MID will be released with Windows XP and unlimited 3G through Taiwanese mobile phone carrier FarEasTone. Those not scared off by a three-year contract will be able to take advantage of NT$1890 (~$57)/month subsidized pricing, while commitment-phobes can pay a non-binding fee of NT$13990 (~$424) and be done with it.
The Z500 Atom-powered slate has been available in various parts of the world (US not included) for nearly a year now, so those who have already spent some time with the device will instantly feel at home with the unchanged hardware. In fact, the only real new feature of the 6.3" x 3.5" x 0.9" MID is the operating system. Everything else, including the paltry 512MB of RAM and 4.8" WVGA touchscreen, is still the same. Sure, the 8GB SSD is an improvement over the original 2GB/4GB, but a low-capacity SSD is still a low-capacity SSD.