We've already seen enough of Viliv's X70 to know it could arguably be the company's best device to-date, and now the first full review of the 7-inch UMPC is in from our friend Steve over at UMPC Portal. He describes the X70 as "the best 7-in Tablet UMPC we've ever tested", praising its great build quality, long battery life and impressive web browsing and media playback.
Video demo of X70 running StreetDeck PND app after the cut
It's had nowhere near the coverage of their S5 MID, but the Viliv X70 looks set to gain a whole lot more attention now that preorder pricing has started to emerge. Importer Dynamism is listing the X70 for $599; whether or not you think that's good value for a 7-inch touchscreen UMPC with 6 days standby, it's certainly well priced against the S5.
For the past few months, nobody even vaguely interested in MIDs could've escaped hearing about Viliv's S5. Now, the company is obviously hoping to drum up the same enthusiasm about their X70, another Atom-based device but this time with a larger, 7-inch WSVGA touchscreen. The first review device has landed over at jkOnTheRun, and that can only mean one thing: a first-impressions video.
Video after the cut
Viliv have announced their plans for Computex, and there are a few interesting MID and UMPC tidbits that should keep them ahead of the game in the ultramobile space. As well as obviously demonstrating the latest versions of their existing set-to-ship range, Viliv have promised a 10-inch screen MID (possibly a netbook) and a 4.8-inch MID with keyboard, potentially as in the mockup shown here.
Viliv's S5 is causing more trouble, this time for importers Dynamism. After selling out in Korea and Hong Kong in record time, the coveted MID has now left many would-be pre-order customers in the US with a sour taste: demand for the 4.8-inch touchscreen device brought Dynamism's servers to their knees, leading to slow- or non-loading pages and a general inability to snatch up one of the limited numbers of S5s on Monday.
We can't get enough of the Viliv S5, and we know a lot of you feel the same way, so it seemed sensible to remind SlashGear readers that importer Dynamism's pre-sales for the 4.8-inch touchscreen MID kick off today at 1pm EST. If you're undecided whether $599 is a reasonable amount to spend on an Atom-powered ultraportable with WiFi and Bluetooth, Intel's own Michael Brito has shot a demo video espousing the S5's virtues.
Video demo of the Viliv S5 after the cut
When they're not trying to bless the Viliv S5 with HSDPA, the guys at UMPC Fever are dissecting the UMID M1 'mbook' to try to do something similar. If you thought the S5 was a challenge - soldering in a new mini PCIe connector, changing the storage - then prepare for what the UMID folks have set up for hapless modders: a combination of very little space and missing controller chips.
Reports are coming out of Korea that UMID have been forced to recall their M1 mobile internet device over concerns about build quality and finishing. The M1, which retails in Korea as the mBook, went on limited sale on February 13th, and apparently is yet to sell out the 500 units.
In case you had any doubt what MIDs are squaring up against, here's the first video demo of the production S5 in action that Viliv chose to send out. One of their testers has installed iTunes onto his modified Windows XP system and is calling the user experience similar to that of an iPod touch; obviously, though, this is the full iTunes software as you'd find on your desktop.
Video demo of iTunes on the S5 MID after the cut