Get your hands on a Sony UX50 in less than a week!

Sony's been busy lately. If it ain't cranking out sports Walkmans, it's shipping the Alpha DSLR and creating Wi-Fi instant messaging gadgets with naff

Sony's been busy lately. If it ain't cranking out sports Walkmans, it's shipping the Alpha DSLR and creating Wi-Fi instant messaging gadgets with naff abbreviations like Mylo.

And, somehow, it's simultaneously managed to get stock of its UX50 tablet computer in to UK shops - Expansys has just put them up for pre-order and promises to post 'em out within six days.

Unlike the Asus R2H and Samsung Q1 that we've reviewed and given the thumbs down, this isn't actually an official Ultra-Mobile PC. Instead, it's Sony's unique twist on the concept of a handheld computer, retaining the touchscreen for finger-tapping and stylus input but shrinking the dimensions to 4.5ins, roughly a third smaller than its UMPC competitors.

Gorgeous design apart, the specs are more average than an episode of Emmerdale. The fingerprint scanner is the only properly cool bit, but you also get a webcam, 30GB hard drive, 1.06GHz processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, plus Memory Stick Duo and CompactFlash slots.

Before you rush out and buy one for the exclusivity kudos, it's worth noting that this is a Japanese import, complete with Japanese symbols on the keyboard. Windows, handily, is in English.

Wednesday 16th Aug update: Dynamism UK's quite rightly pointed out you can order the UX50 from its shop for a far cheaper price: £1053. That's, well, £257 cheaper, so you may want to mosey over and have a peek.