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eviGroup Pad Windows 7 UMPC live photos spotted

eviGroup Pad Windows 7 UMPC live photos spotted

French MID/UMPC manufacturer eviGroup have released a few preliminary images of their upcoming Pad touchscreen tablet, and while we're far from making up our minds about the Windows 7 slate yet, it's looking reasonably attractive in a "digital pictureframe" sort of way.  The eviGroup Pad has a 10.2-inch 1024 x 600 resistive touchscreen, WiFi a/b/g and integrated 3G, and bundles a new "AI UI" called Seline which promises less pecking with a finger or stylus and more straightforward access to data.

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Archos 9 PCtablet hits shelves today

The Archos 9 PCtablet has been somewhat overshadowed by its smaller, Android-based sibling, but the French company would like to remind you that, with the debut of Windows 7, the 9-inch touchscreen "future of netbooks" is now available to buy. £449.99 ($748) gets you a resistive touchscreen, Atom Z515 processor and integrated WiFi and Bluetooth, all in a device 800g and just 1.7cm thick.

Live Archos 9 hands-on gallery after the cut

eviGroup Pad 10.2-inch Win7 slate with Seline AI

eviGroup Pad 10.2-inch Win7 slate with Seline AI

French tablet company eviGroup have unveiled their large-display device - the eviGroup Pad - and like the rumors suggested it's an Atom-based 10.2-inch touchscreen slate.  The Pad has a 1024 x 600 display, integrated WiFi a/b/g and 3G, and runs Windows 7; it also works with French software project Seline, a so-called "artificial intelligence" interface that supports spoken, text and handwriting control over various aspects of a computer system.

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DIY Samsung Q1UP Android 1.6 UMPC

DIY Samsung Q1UP Android 1.6 UMPC

Android is slowly but surely appearing on a number of UMPCs and MIDs, but if you actually want to buy one - as opposed to just read about it - your options are still pretty limited.  Over at jkOnTheRun our friend Kevin C. Tofel's patience has expired and so he's loaded Android 1.6 onto his Samsung Q1UP UMPC, courtesy of the Android-x86 project.

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One Device to Rule Them All – I Think Not

There's a lot of discussion about the role of convergence of devices. Everywhere you go, it seems that someone's pushing the notion that every function needs to be converged into one device. Now convergence is a great idea: the idea of carrying one device instead of multiple devices is compelling, but is it really realistic? Sure, I'd rather carry one device than two, but our research shows consumers will carry two or, in some age demographics, they'll even carry as many as three.

eviGroup’s larger Wallet tablet to be Atom powered?

If eviGroup's intentions appeal but their Wallet MID's 5-inch WVGA display simply isn't enough for your browsing needs, hold on for their second device.  According to an insider, the French company's second-gen tablet will not only have a larger touchscreen display but switch out the Wallet's ARM11 processor for an Intel Atom CPU.

Viliv X70 arrives at Newegg; more expensive than rivals

If there's one thing capitalism has taught us, it's that competition is usually good for prices.  Newegg have just joined Dynamism in offering the Viliv X70 UMPC, the 7-inch Korean touchscreen tablet, which you'd expect to mean prices were pushed down.  Unfortunately Newegg don't seem to have got that memo; their prices are actually a little more expensive than the existing offers.

Viliv S7 lands at reviewers, gets video unboxing & hands-on

Viliv S7 lands at reviewers, gets video unboxing & hands-on

It's not quite the same as having a Viliv S7 here in our sweaty, bitten-to-the-quick hands, but we'll certainly settle for an unboxing video for that vicarious, new-gadget thrill.  As we commented the other day, several S7 units have been winging their way to reviewers worldwide, with jkkmobile and jkOnTheRun both receiving theirs this week.  From the former we have an unboxing, while the latter has a live gallery and video demo.

Video unboxing after the cut

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Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC lands in China

Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC lands in China

Chalk another one up to bizarre branding: you're looking at the Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC, the handiwork of Shenzhen Industries, and while you might assume the Chinese firm have "borrowed unofficially" the designer branding, in actual fact this is the result of a legitimate licensing deal.  The PC-729 has a 7-inch 800 x 480 WVGA resistive touchscreen, 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor and 16GB SSD, and is set to hit Chinese shelves priced at 2980 yuan ($436).

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Viliv S7 hits Dynamism from $629

Viliv S7 hits Dynamism from $629

Importers Dynamism have released pricing and specification details for the Viliv S7, the latest ultraportable touchscreen device from the Korean company.  Coming after the surprisingly popular S5 and well-received X70, the S7 adds a QWERTY keyboard and uses a more traditional netbook-style form-factor; according to Dynamism, when it drops in the US it'll be priced from $629.

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Viliv S7 gets pre-production hands-on: decent build but worrying screen-flex

With the sales success of the Viliv S5 and X70 MIDs, all eyes are on the Viliv S7 to see if the company can make 7-inch touchscreen convertible netbooks popular too.  Yet to go up for preorder in the US or Europe, an S7 has dropped into the hands of UMPC Fever in Hong Kong; they've been sharing their first impressions.

OQO Model 2+ on eBay for $5,100 with days left to go

We can't help but think that if OQO had seen this much interest a few months back, they may not have gone bankrupt.  An OQO Model 2+ UMPC - the company's most recent model, complete with OLED touchscreen, Intel Atom 1.86GHz processor and integrated Qualcomm Gobi 3G WWAN - is currently listed on eBay, with bidding already at $5,100.

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