Well release date in China was the 3rd of November, but none of the big stores like Chinavasion or Dealextreme have stock yet. Why? Well, if I was to hazard a guess I’d say that the export version requires an English manual and different packaging which is still being worked on. Won’t be long, I guess.
Having said that, it is possible to purchase a Chinese model now. I would hope that the only differences would be in the packaging and manuals, rather than the actual hardware. If you wanted one now, the easiest way to do it is to grab a white one from Ownta for £81. Alternatively, there are a few stores taking pre-orders for the assumed export version. You should check NDScardsale and Volumerates for pre-orders at $97 including shipping. Not forgetting that Dingoo Digital USA is taking pre-orders too, these are $90 before shipping.
But woe betide the man whose handheld arrives before mine does! Mine is currently sitting in the China Post depot and shows no sign of budging any time soon!