Most reviewers of the Viliv S5 MID have said that the one thing that would make it the perfect mobile internet device would be integrated 3G. While such a model is available in some areas, US importers are yet to offer it; that leaves adding your own WWAN in, which is just the tricky task jkkmobile is attempting in his latest guide video.
Video overview after the cut
Squint hard and you can just about make out that this is Windows 7 Ultimate running on the Viliv S5's 4.8-inch screen. After all, we've already seen how the new Microsoft OS runs on netbook hardware and on a UMPC; now it's the MID's turn. Arch-upgrader jkkmobile has done the honors, and the good news is that it's a relatively straightforward install process.
Video demo after the cut
We're unashamed of our Viliv S5 lusts here at SlashGear, and Pocketables' review of the 4.8-inch MID has done little to change our feelings. Though we've already seen the S5 unboxed, demonstrated, dissected, hacked, repurposed as a PND and more, a full going-over is always welcome. What the Viliv MID delivers are accurate battery estimates, decent 720p playback, reasonable performance and speedy internet surfing.
Video demo of browsing on the S5 after the cut
After the last unboxing video, it's something of a relief that this Viliv S5 unboxing doesn't end up with the MID disappearing down someone's trousers. It's frustrating in another way, though: it shows the 3G version of the S5, whereas the April 27th pre-sales will only offer the non-3G model.
Unboxing video after the cut
The Viliv S5 MID will arrive in the US from May 8th, with limited pre-orders being taken by importer Dynamism from April 27th. Priced from $599 for the Viliv S5 Premium, only 200 of the 4.8-inch touchscreen MID will be available in the retailer's pre-order event, which will see it bundled with $135-worth of accessories.
Some HSDPA mods are straightforward: open the casing up of whatever gadget you've decided will get internal 3G, slot in a Mini-PCI card or maybe even squeeze in a USB modem, install the software and off you go. Other times - like with the Viliv S5 MID - it's a whole lot more complicated. Over at UMPC Fever, modder SKY is performing delicate electronic surgery inside his S5, soldering in a PCI-E slot in his attempts to get a WWAN-enabled MID.
The Viliv S5 MID has already done enough to pique our curiosity and fidget for an official US and Europe release, but seeing Windows 7 running on the 4.8-inch touchscreen handheld has tempted us even more. What you see here is a pre-release Viliv S5 Premium with the Traditional Chinese version of Windows 7, and the good news for would-be upgraders is that all of the drivers installed with nary a hiccup.
Viliv are certainly going all-out to position their S5 MID as the do-all multipurpose device, and the latest role we see the 4.8-inch touchscreen marvel playing is PND. StreetDeck have released a video showing the S5 running their in-car navigation and entertainment software, and it adds up to an impressive package.
Video demo after the cut
After yesterday's Viliv S5 MID unboxing gallery, now comes the unboxing video together with a hands-on video. The S5 is shaping up to be a very interesting device, with the portability and media functionality of a touchscreen PMP, but the flexibility of a MID. Unlike some rivals, there's no shortage of ports, either; the S5 manages to fit in both a USB host and USB client port.
S5 video unboxing and hands-on video after the cut
We'll have to wait until the end of March before we can get our hands on the Viliv S5 MID, but the touchscreen device went up for limited sale in Korea today and competition for a unit was high. Viliv offered just 1,000 of the MIDs, with a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 WVGA display, which apparently sold out in 15 minutes. Lazion have a (Korean language) review up of the S5, and first impressions seem pretty good: 4hrs 35 minutes runtime playing a looping 1.6Mbps DivX video, together with an 18,280 score in CrystalMark 2004R3.
Viliv have announced pricing and specifications for their S5 MID, which will be available not only in Korea but in the US and Europe. While Korean customers will get four spec choices, starting with the 800 x 480 WVGA display, buyers outside of there will have just one main model, the Viliv S5 Premium, with a 1024 x 600 WXVGA touchscreen, Intel Silverthorne Z520 1.33GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 60GB hard-drive.
Full Korean and US specs after the cut