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.
After the S5 MID we saw yesterday, Viliv were promising more big news from IDF 2008; it looks like they've delivered, with the S7 UMPC. Running a range of Atom CPUs, up to 1.8GHz, the S7 has a 7-inch SVGA touchscreen, GPS, internal WiMAX or HSDPA and an internal DMB TV tuner. It also has a full QWERTY keyboard and up to 9hrs battery life.
Check out the video demo of the Viliv S7 UMPC after the cut
Gadgets leaked by text are far less exciting than blurry, hurriedly-snapped photos, but we won't turn up our noses at a preview no matter the method. It now appears that Cowon have a touchscreen MID in the works, the Cowon W2, according to a test page at the Bluetooth SIG, though specifications are still scant.
It's been a week of mobile device reviews, along with the Bluetooth accessories that go with them, here at SlashGear, with Samsung's Tocco Ultra S8300 and Instinct S30 showing up for playtime. We also gave our opinion on the big news in Bluetooth headsets, in the shape of the Plantronics Voyager Pro and the Aliph Jawbone PRIME. Finally, HTC's Touch Diamond2 flaunted itself in a video unboxing, while the Mophie Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 3G got its review.
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.
After cellphones had their way with the headlines the previous week, the past seven days have been an opportunity for netbooks to race back into the spotlight. Rumors spread about ASUS' upcoming Eee PC "Shell" luxury follow-up to the S101, while we saw a slimline version of the Acer Aspire One. If you want a machine in the more immediate future, though, the Samsung NC20 was made official, and Dell finally launched their Inspiron Mini 10.
What a week! While a few of us on the R3 crew were rolling around in different parts of the world that weren't Vegas, the bulk were rolling hard at CES 2011! The Consumer Electronics Show had blasts of this, slips of that, and a wacky array of stories and happenings that shall forever go down in the history books as a CES to be clicked with! How ever in the world will we organize all of this information? How about one big monster of a list of links, for starters? Who could we call for such a tast, hm? So much exclusive content, so much time time - I know! The Daily Slash! Get one of the biggest heaping helpings you've ever seen, below!
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Importer Dynamism have announced that they will be selling the matte black version of UMID's mbook M1 MID, with preorders kicking off today and deliveries expected to begin from August 25th. The compact clamshell has a 4.8-inch 1,024 x 600 touchscreen, together with the same Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz processor as in Viliv's popular S5 and X70 MIDs, and will retail from $599.